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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
Vue d'une ile dans le groupe Krusenstern
Black Sands, Hawaii
Waungerri Lake and the Marble Range Westward of Port Lincoln
Crane de femme trouve dans le Golfe de Kotzebue I
Giraffe and Hyeana
Huka Falls
Title Page
Murray River, Moorundi
Passage zum Hafen von Jaluit
Harper's Hill, Hunter River
Bateaux a rames / Une rame / Une massure de l'isle de Pasques
Map of Part of New South Wales
Front Wrapper
Waterfall in Byron Bay
Jeu des habitans de Californie
Iles Aleoutiennes.
A Rubiana Native, Solomon Islands
Black Swans of New South Wales: View on Reed's Mistake River
View of Windsor
An Australian Aborigine Navigating a Raft
Warriors of New South Wales
Nanmatal - Ponape
View of the Female Orphan School
H.M.S. "Challenger" in Betsy Cove, Kerguelen Land
Throwing the Spear, the mode of Salutation
Cockatoo Island
Map of New Zealand
Launceston, Tasmania
Plate 1
<i>Vers Marins</i> (Jellyfish)
Nelson
Crater of Mount Eggles, Victoria
The Aboriginal Inhabitants: Mintalta amp;& Tyilkilli
Bream Head, Whangarei Heads
Vue prise dans l'intérieur de la Ville de Pondichery, auprès du Canal qui sépare le quartier Europeen du quartier Malabar (Indes orientales, Carnate)
The Palti Dance
Salem Valley, from the Road to German Pass. Lindsay House in the distance.
Habitans du Golfe de Kotzebue
Puerto Isabella, Basiland Island, Philippine Islands
Okahumoko Bay, Whangaroa
Mount St. Elias, bearing N. 50 W. and Icy bay, N. 20 W. five miles distant
Palao - Gemeindehaus and Hutte fur gute Geister
View of the South End of Schouten's Island
Uatea Dancing the Sitting Siva
Melbourne from St. Kilda Road
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [VIII]
Mount Nelson near Hobart Town
A Deserted Indian village in King George the Third's sound, New Holland
Kangaroo Hunting, near Port Lincoln Albert Park in the distance
Costumes Chinois et famille de pecheurs a Macao (Chine)
A Kaivakuku, Roro Tribe, Central Division, British New Guinea
The Aboriginal Inhabitants Ornaments and Utensils
Interior of the principal Crater of Mount Gambier
Front Cover
Bateaux des isles Sandwich. (2 figs)
View on Eastern Hill, from Half Way House, Albert Street)
Fall of the First Creek Near Glen, Osmond, S.A.
Title Page
Mount Macedon, Victoria
Horomona Maruhau or Blind Solomon
Back Cover
Front Cover
Mount Direction near Hobart Town
A Fern-Tree Valley
Perth, Tasmania
Nicholson Street (Fitzroy)
[Track of the H.M.S. Havannah Map]
Front Cover
Title Page
A Memorial Effigy, Malekula, New Hebrides
Sifa Dancing the Sitting Siva
Entomology of South Australia, Orthoptera, &c
Solomon Island Village, near Marau Sound, New Florida
Plate 11
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [VI]
Chiefs in War Dress and Paint, Devil Country, Viti Levu, Fiji
The Islands of New Zealand
Front Cover
Ustensiles et armes des habitans du detroit de Behring. (5 figs)
Thakombau, Tui Viti, Chief of Feegee
On the Cow Pasture River
Sheep Shearing in the Barossa (Sunset)
Back Cover
Interieur d'une maison d'un chef dans les isles Sandwich
Poi Pounder and Hula Maids
Vue du bassin de Norton, sur le cours de la rivière Nepean (Nouvelle Galles méridionale)
Government House, Adelaide
From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park
The Island of Samari, British New Guinea
Newcastle, New South Wales
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [II]
View on the Macquarie River
A Tiki at Raroera Pah
Habitans des isles Aleoutiennes. (homme et femme)
The River Murray, near Lake Alexandria
Fairlight Glen, on the Warragamba

Maps

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

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