Aerial photographs – Fact sheet 191

The major aerial photographic collections held by the National Archives are listed below. Additional photographs may be identified by conducting a phrase search in RecordSearch using the term aerial photo*.

Accessing some of the collections may not be straightforward because they are not always well indexed. Inquiries should be directed to the office holding the records.

Aerial photographic collections

Canberra

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Perth

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesCivil aviation aerial photo maps, Western Australia1953–57PP395/1

Adelaide

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesThe Maralinga atomic test area, South Australia1953–61D1768

Hobart

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesCSIRO soil investigation aerial photographs of Tasmania1946–65P2541
SeriesTasmanian railways1976–97P2705

Darwin

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesAerial Geological and Geophysical Survey of North Australia (AGGSNA)1935–40NTAC1979/126

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesAustralian military campaigns (maps and aerial photos)1919–AWM195

Other sources

The National Library of Australia holds prints of approximately 800,000 aerial photographs of Australia taken from 1928–87, as well as useful information on using map indexes and flight diagrams to identify specific records of interest.

The N H (Doc) Fisher Geoscience Library holds approximately 1.4 million aerial photographs of Australia and Papua New Guinea dating from the 1940s.

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