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Oceania Collection

History Archive - Oceania Collection

Oceania, collective name for the islands scattered throughout most of the Pacific Ocean. The term, in its widest sense, embraces the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas. A more common definition excludes the Ryukyu, Kuril, and Aleutian islands and the Japan archipelago.

The most popular usage delimits Oceania further by eliminating Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines, because the peoples and cultures of those islands are more closely related historically to the Asian mainland. Oceania then, in its most restricted meaning, includes more than 10,000 islands, with a total land area (excluding Australia, but including Papua New Guinea and New Zealand) of approximately 317,700 square miles (822,800 square km).

Oceania has traditionally been divided into four parts: Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. As recently as 33,000 years ago no human beings lived in the region, except in Australasia. Although disagreeing on details, scientists generally support a theory that calls for a Southeast Asian origin of island peoples.

By 2000 about 12 million islanders lived in Oceania (excluding Australia), and many indigenous cultures were revolutionized by intensive contact with non-Oceanic groups who had intruded from various parts of the Western world. (The arts of the region are discussed in several articles; see art and architecture, Oceanic; music and dance, Oceanic; and Oceanic literature.) Pop. (2001 est.) including Australia, 31,377,000.

References:

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Regional Sub-Divisions

Available Books

Book Title Date
Nan Madol - An Account of a Voyage to New South Wales An Account of a Voyage to New South Wales 1803
Nan Madol - Views in Australia or New South Wales Views in Australia or New South Wales 1825
Nan Madol - Vues et Paysages des Regions Equinoxiales Vues et Paysages des Regions Equinoxiales 1826
Nan Madol - Voyage Pittoresque Autour de Monde Voyage Pittoresque Autour de Monde 1822
Nan Madol - Australian Landscapes Australian Landscapes 1866
Nan Madol - Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands 1826
Nan Madol - Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales 1813
Nan Madol - South Australia Illustrated South Australia Illustrated 1847
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia 1913
Nan Madol - The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia 1890
Nan Madol - New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History 1867
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 1 A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 1 1814
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 2 A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 2 1814
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis [Atlas] A Voyage to Terra Australis [Atlas] 1814
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 1 Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 1 1827
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 2 Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 2 1827
Nan Madol - Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 1 Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 1 1845
Nan Madol - Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 2 Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 2 1845
Nan Madol - Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger 1878
Nan Madol - Polynesia; A Popular Description of the Islands of the Pacific Polynesia; A Popular Description of the Islands of the Pacific 1866
Nan Madol - Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 1 Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 1 1847
Nan Madol - Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 2 Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 2 1847
Nan Madol - A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 1 A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 1 1712
Nan Madol - A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 2 A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 2 1712
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 3 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 3 1798
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 2 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 2 1798
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 1 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 1 1798
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 1 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 2 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 3 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 4 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 4 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 5 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 5 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 6 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 6 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 7 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 7 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 1 A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 1 1777
Nan Madol - A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 2 A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 2 1777
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich Islands Narrative of a Visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich Islands 1825
Nan Madol - Australia Vol. 1 Australia Vol. 1 1873
Nan Madol - Australia Vol. 2 Australia Vol. 2 1873
Nan Madol - Sudsee-Erinnerungen Sudsee-Erinnerungen 1883
Nan Madol - Ten Months in the Fiji Islands Ten Months in the Fiji Islands 1864
Nan Madol - Te Ika a Maui, or, New Zealand and its Inhabitants Te Ika a Maui, or, New Zealand and its Inhabitants 1870
Nan Madol - New Zealand; or Zealandia New Zealand; or Zealandia 1857
Nan Madol - New Zealand, Painted and Described New Zealand, Painted and Described 1908
Nan Madol - Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas 1854
Nan Madol - Travels in New Zealand Travels in New Zealand 1846
Nan Madol - Travels in New South Wales Travels in New South Wales 1847
Nan Madol - New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive 1877
Nan Madol - Journal of a Ten Months' Residence in New Zealand Journal of a Ten Months' Residence in New Zealand 1823
Nan Madol - Description of the Barossa Range and its Neighbourhood in South Australia Description of the Barossa Range and its Neighbourhood in South Australia 1849
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 1 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 2 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 3 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 1 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 2 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 3 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 3 1823
Nan Madol - Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia 1880
Nan Madol - Reminiscences of the South Seas Reminiscences of the South Seas 1912
Nan Madol - The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described 1907
Nan Madol - Captain Cook's Three Voyages Round the World Captain Cook's Three Voyages Round the World 1895
Nan Madol - The Aryan Maori The Aryan Maori 1885
Nan Madol - Hawaii, Old and New Hawaii, Old and New 1943
Nan Madol - Pioneers in Australasia Pioneers in Australasia 1912
Nan Madol - Journal of a Cruise Among the Islands of the Western Pacific Journal of a Cruise Among the Islands of the Western Pacific 1853
Nan Madol - Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 1 Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 1 1841
Nan Madol - Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 2 Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 2 1841
Nan Madol - A Voyage Round the World A Voyage Round the World 1814
Nan Madol - Neu-Seeland Neu-Seeland 1863
Nan Madol - Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland 1863
Nan Madol - The Geology of New Zealand The Geology of New Zealand 1864
Nan Madol - Sketches in the Pacific Sketches in the Pacific 1851
Nan Madol - Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de Tous les Peuples du Monde Vol. 4 Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de Tous les Peuples du Monde Vol. 4 1843
Nan Madol - Views of the South Seas Views of the South Seas 1788
Nan Madol - Sketches of Australia and the Adjacent Islands Sketches of Australia and the Adjacent Islands 1849
Nan Madol - An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales 1826
Nan Madol - Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound 1834
Nan Madol - An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales 1821
Nan Madol - Peeps at Many Lands: Oceania Peeps at Many Lands: Oceania 1911
Nan Madol - Sketches Illustrative of the Native Inhabitants and Islands of New Zealand Sketches Illustrative of the Native Inhabitants and Islands of New Zealand 1838
Nan Madol - A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 1832
Nan Madol - A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 1832
Nan Madol - Views in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Views in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land 1830
Nan Madol - A Series of Lithographic Drawings from Sketches in New Zealand A Series of Lithographic Drawings from Sketches in New Zealand 1852
Nan Madol - New Zealand Scenery New Zealand Scenery 1877
Nan Madol - A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand 1832
Nan Madol - Van Dieman's Land : Geographical and Descriptive Van Dieman's Land : Geographical and Descriptive 1820
Nan Madol - Views in the South Seas Views in the South Seas 1808
Nan Madol - Early Voyages to Terra Australis Early Voyages to Terra Australis 1859
Nan Madol - The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 1 The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 1 1824
Nan Madol - The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 2 The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 2 1824
Nan Madol - Travel in Aquatint and Lithography Vol. 2 Travel in Aquatint and Lithography Vol. 2 1957
Nan Madol - Views of Australian Scenery Views of Australian Scenery 1814
Nan Madol - The Melbourne Album The Melbourne Album 1864
Nan Madol - Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 1 Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 1 1896
Nan Madol - Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 2 Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 2 1898
Nan Madol - The New Zealanders Illustrated The New Zealanders Illustrated 1847
Nan Madol - An Account of the Pelew Islands An Account of the Pelew Islands 1788
Nan Madol - Album Pittoresque de la Fregate La Thetis et de la Corvette L'Esperance Album Pittoresque de la Fregate La Thetis et de la Corvette L'Esperance 1828
Nan Madol - A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company 1711

Images

Image Name
The Kapundia Copper Mine
Habitans des isles Aleoutiennes. (homme et femme)
Bathurst Cataract on the River Apsley
Chart of the Islands of Radack and Ralick
Willoughby Falls, near Sydney
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [VI]
South Sea Seated Dance at Night, Samoa
Scene up the River Huon
Ko Tariu. a chief of Taupo, with his wife
Corroboree or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, New Holland
Mount Cook
Ludee, One of the Wives of Abba Thulle
Instrument de musique des Negres
Front Cover
On the Beach at Ngunguru
Mataafas Cook House From Our Hut at Vaiala, Samoa
The Aboriginal Inhabitants: Mintalta amp;& Tyilkilli
Weaving the Kaitaka
Torch Ginger, Hawaiian Islands
In the Hooker Valley
Reine Cahoumanou
The new Eddystone in Behm's canal
In the Pile Dwellings at Hanuabada, Port Moresby British New Guinea
Trial
The Waikato at Ngaruawahia
Map of New Zealand
Gully at Woolongong
The village of Almandrel, in the bay of Valparaiso, with a distant view of the Andes
Rangitakina. A chief of the Bay of Plenty, on the East Coast
Ile Ste. Helene
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [III]
Roseneath Ferry
South View of Sydney
Back Cover
Okahumoko Bay, Whangaroa
The Boadab Tree
Repose
View of Roseneath Ferry taken from the East Side
Title Page
Vue prise dans l'intérieur de la Ville de Pondichery, auprès du Canal qui sépare le quartier Europeen du quartier Malabar (Indes orientales, Carnate)
Debarquement a travers les Recifs de l'Isle de Romanzoff
Port Lyttleton, Canterbury
Frontispiece Portrait
Ballaarat, Victoria
Waikeba River in Byron Bay
Maori Washing-day, Ohinemutu
Wentworth River Diggings, Gipps Land
Mount Wellington near Hobart Town
Vue de Presidio San Francisco
Central and South Africa
[Track of the H.M.S. Havannah Map]
Study of Sur Breaking on Outside Reef, Tautira, Taiarapu, Tahiti
Interior of the principal Crater of Mount Gambier
Dinner Time at Kwato, British New Guinea
The Aboriginal Inhabitants Implements and Domestic Economy
The Southern Alps
Interior of Tongan Church
Back Cover
Kangaroos of New South Wales: View from Seven-Mile Hill near Newcastle
Old Ingova's War Canoe House, Rubiana Lagoon, New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Back Cover
The Home of the Crocodile, British Solomon Islands
Glenelg and Adelaide Harbour
Vue d'une partie de la Pagode de Vilnour prise en dedans de la grande enceinte (Indes orientales, Carnate)
The Wairau Gorge
Weeping over a Deceased Chief
Lake Willawarra, New South Wales
Natives of Encounter Bay
View of Captain Piper's Naval Villa
Broulee, New South Wales
A New Map of Van Diemens Land
Guillemot a miroir blanc
Bresil
The Bathing Pool
Mekke-Mekke, A Story Dance - The Musicians at Reva, Fiji
Colored Wrapper
Le Vallon du Rio Quile, a huit lieues au nord de Valparaiso (Chili)
Te Heuheu & Hiwikaw Tanpo / Te Kawaw & his nephew Orakai
The "Blackbirders" in the Solomon Islands
View of part of Lahaina in Maui
Garden Island
Tamaah-Maah, King of the Sandwich Islands
Australian Shepherd's Hut
Vue de la ville de la Conception (Chili)
Vue de la Ville de Taleaguano et du Port de la Conception (Chili)
Front Cover
Title Page
The Icebergs of Kotzebue Sound
Wellington
A Bush Road
Portraits of the Aboriginal Inhabitants
Tarei-po-Kiore
Adelaide Hindley Street from the corner of King William Street; looking west
Wairoa Geyser
View of the Head's at the Entrance to Port Jackson
A Maori Chieftainess

Maps

Map Name
A Voyage Round the World - Washington Islands - 1804 (1814)
Australia Vol. 2 - Tasmania (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Harbour of St. Paul - 1805 (1814)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [I] (1821)
New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History - New Zealand (1867)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of the Overland Route to Australia (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Island of Cadiak with its Environs - 1805 (1814)
Australia Vol. 2 - The Settled Portions of South Australia (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Harbour of St. Catherine - 1804 (1814)
Australia Vol. 1 - General Map of Australia (1873)
Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia - A Map of Fiji and New Caledonia (1880)
An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales - Map of Part of New South Wales (1826)
New Zealand; or Zealandia - The Islands of New Zealand (1857)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Course Taken by the Rurick (1821)
Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger - Chart Showing the Track of H.M.S. "Challenger" (1872-1876) (1878)
An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales - Plan of Port Macquarie, Including a Sketch of Part of Hastings River on the East Coast of New South Wales (1821)
A Voyage Round the World - Chart of the World Shewing the Track of the Neva (1814)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Chart of the Islands of Radack and Ralick (1821)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Plan of the Group called Romanzoff's Islands (1821)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Beering's Straits (1821)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of New South Wales (1873)
Australia Vol. 2 - Queensland (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Sitca or Norfolk Sound Surveyed by Captn Lisiansky - 1805 (1814)
Australia Vol. 2 - The World on Mercator's Projection (1873)
A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company - A New and Exact Map of the Coasts, Countries, and Islands within the Limits of the South Sea Company (1711)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of Victoria (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Chart of the Coast from Behring's Bay to Sea Otter Bay (1814)
A Voyage Round the World - Lisiansky's Isle - 1805 (1814)
An Account of the Pelew Islands - A Chart of the Pelew Islands and Adjacent Seas (1788)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [II] (1821)
Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound - Panoramic View of King George's Sound, Part of the Colony of Swan River (1834)
New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History - The Southern Part of the Province of Auckland (1867)

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