Answers with Authority: Australia and New Zealand

The Oxford Reference team is pleased to feature numerous work related to the language, culture, and history of Australia and New Zealand, as part of its extensive subject catalogue. See below for some of the latest titles and legacy titles, all of which are available through title-by-title institutional purchase.

Australian Law Dictionary, 2nd Edition

As part of the April 2015 update on Oxford Reference Library, The Australian Law Dictionary, 2nd Edition is now available. Designed for students in response to research, the Australian Law Dictionary is structured to ensure comprehensive coverage of core legal content. This second edition has been fully updated, with each entry including up-to-date examples of cases and legislation, as well as revised appendices, and more than 300 new terms in total.

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See below for a sample of freely available content to supplement your current Oxford Reference access!


Essential Quotations 

  1. "There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.."
    - Kemal Atatürk 1881–1938 Turkish general and statesman: address to a group of visiting Australians at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1934; subsequently inscribed on the memorial there, and on the Atatürk memorials in Canberra and Wellington
  2. "We have a great objective—the light on the hill—which we aim to reach by working for the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand."
    - Joseph Benedict ‘Ben’ Chifley 1885–1951 Australian Labor statesman: speech to the Annual Conference of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party, 12 June 1949
  3. "When New Zealanders emigrate to Australia, it raises the average IQ of both countries."
    - Robert Muldoon 1921–92 New Zealand statesman: attributed
  4. "The crimson thread of kinship runs through us all."
    Henry Parkes  1815–95 English-born Australian statesman: speech at banquet in Melbourne 6 February 1890; The Federal Government of Australasia (1890)
  5. "Down under we send soldiers and wool abroad but keep poets and wine at home."
    - John Streeter Manifold 1915–85 Australian poet: attributed, Selected Verse (1948)  
  6. "The sailor lives, and stands beside us, paying / Out into time's wave / The stain of blood that writes an island story."
    - Allen Curnow 1911–2001 New Zealand poet and critic: ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (1943)
  7. "In all directions stretched the great Australian Emptiness, in which the mind is the least of possessions."
    - Patrick White 1912–90 Australian novelist: The Vital Decade (1968) ‘The Prodigal Son’


Overview Articles


Historic Timelines

  1. Timeline: New Zealand
  2. Timeline: Australia
  3. Timeline: Australia and Oceania
  4. Timeline: Exploration
  5. Timeline: Migration


Australia and New Zealand: Sample Entries

  1. New Zealand English The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature
  2. New Zealand: Dance The International Encyclopedia of Dance
  3. New Zealand: A Legal History The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
  4. New Zealand: Music History The Oxford Companion to Music
  5. Australian Art The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  6. Federal Court of Australia The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia
  7. Western Australia The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics