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History of Australian Education, Health & Welfare: Statistics

Statistics Search Tip

When searching for statistical information ask yourself:

1. Are statistics likely to have been collected on this topic?

2. If so, which organisation(s) would collect/publish these types of statistics?

3. What keywords might be used to describe these statistics? (eg. deaths might be listed under mortality)

and be prepared for the possibility that:

1. Statistics may not exist for the variables/level of detail you want (eg. only for broader NSW not the Illawarra)

2. The most recent statistics may be several years old

3. Some statistics are not published/freely available

1. Statistics - On the Web

You can find historical data online in sources such as yearbooks from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

  1. Go to ABS > Find Historical Publications
  2. Click on Historical Publications Online
  3. Click on Year Book Australia
  4. Click on Past & Future Releases tab to view a list of all volumes published since 1908+
  5. Select a year (eg. 1941) to view the Summary page for that volume
  6. Click on Downloads tab to view the list of that yearbook's sections/chapter headings
  7. Scroll down to the 'Index' heading at bottom of list and click on the pdf button to view the range of topics from A-Z indexed in that yearbook
  8. Return to previous screen with list of section/chapter headings 
  9. Click on a relevant chapter to view the fulltext

Tip: The 2001 Yearbook Australia (Centenary of Federation) volume contains historical overviews on a range of themes.

The New South Wales Year Book and those of other states and territories are also available.

For more search tips refer to the Australian Statistics section of the Finding Statistics guide.

2. Statistics - Within the Library

Useful volumes held in the Library include:

  • Australians: An Historical Library: Historical Statistics volume held in UOW Main Library Large Items collection on Level 1 at 994/150
  • NSW Year Book* (volumes from 1904+) held in Journals Collection on Level 2 at S 319.4405/3
  • Year Book Australia* (volumes from 1908+)  held in Journals Collection on Level 2 at 319.406/2

* Duplicate volumes to those available online via the ABS website

Other statistical titles:

The ABS > Find Historical Publications catalogues has tips on identifying other useful older ABS publications. Most of these are held in hardcopy in the UOW Library, with many older ABS publications held in the ABS Collection (Level 2 Compactus). Not all these titles are listed in the Library Catalogue. If you are trying to find a specific publication ask Library Staff for help with using this collection.

For more search tips refer to the Australian statistics section of the Finding Statistics guide.

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