The Library is actively looking for stories from Australians with Indian heritage to add to the national collection.

Get in touch with us today to contribute to our oral history collection and tell your story and experiences.

About the collecting project

Australians with Indian heritage are Australia's fastest growing migrant group, comprising over 750,000 people in 2022. Indian diaspora communities have made a significant contribution to many aspects of Australian society and culture.

We are calling on Australians with Indian heritage to help the Library build a collection about their stories. The Library will be guided by those who are by self-definition a part of the Indian diaspora in Australia. That may include people who trace their heritage to the pre-Partition Indian subcontinent.

By collecting stories of the Indian diaspora, the Library can preserve and make accessible to social historians of the future, the stories of today. The Library aims to ensure that a permanent documentary record of Australia’s migration history is publicly available.

What is the Library looking for?

We are looking for material by and about Australian-Indian people and communities, their lives and experiences, their work and organisations.

  • Oral histories
  • Books
  • Newspapers or newsletters
  • Manuscripts
  • Pictures
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Electronic publications
  • Websites
  • Ephemera

How you can contribute

We are reaching out to communities of Indian diaspora Australians asking them to donate their books, newsletters, pictures, manuscripts, and published materials to the national collection.

If you have items you’d be happy to donate, you can offer them for consideration here.

If you would like to express interest in contributing to our oral history collection and share your story and experiences, get in touch with us today.

You can deposit your electronic publications with the Library using the National edeposit service (NED). The Library’s National edeposit collection includes a diverse range of publications including Indian Voice, Indian movie entrepreneurship: not just song and dance, and Annapurna: Gastronomic Delights from my Fiji Indian Childhood.

What sort of things has the Library collected in the past?

The Library has collected some amazing and rare items. These include: