Primary sources are records that provide firsthand accounts or evidence of historical events or experiences. You might also find primary source material reproduced within a secondary source, such as a published biography or documentary history book.
Types of primary sources can include:
Books Photographs and images Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Letters Advertisements and Cartoons Memoirs and Autobiographies
Interviews Diaries and Journals Research Data and Statistics
Movies/Videos Audio recordings Speeches and Public Opinion Polls
Check your knowledge by completing the activity below on primary and secondary sources
Trove - a great resource for finding books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.
Australian War Memorial - combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive
National Archives of Australia - preserves Australia’s most valuable government records and promotes good records management by Australian Government agencies.
State Library of Victoria - Victoria's largest public reference library.
The Museum of Australian Democracy - presents 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation.
State Library of New South Wales - internationally renowned and one of Australia’s leading libraries.
Public Record Office Victoria - holds the archives of the State Government of Victoria.