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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: Australia & New Zealand

Birds of New Zealand

Large green bird looking at camera

Portrait of Sirocco, a male Kakapo or species of nocturnal flightless parrot.  Image by the Department of Conservation.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Kiwi Crossing

Traffic sign with kiwi symbol next to highway

Kiwis crossing, just south of Eketahuna.  Photograph by Tākuta.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Environmental Issues

Australia in Fiction

More from New Zealand

Explore Australia and New Zealand

Highway next to lake with snowy mountains in back

Lake Hawea, New Zealand, photograph by CameliaTWU.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.


Selected and Annotated By:
Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Librarian for History and Classical Studies
stuhrreb @
Kelsey LeClair
Specialist in Classical Studies
Administrative Assistant, Penn Libraries

kleclair @

Updated and edited by:

Emily Benenhaley
Administrative Assistant to the Penn Libraries Vice Provost

For information about this and other excursions, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel website.

Art of Australia and New Zealand


The Edge of the Possible

This documentary includes a lengthy interview with architect Jorn Utzon, the architect for the Sydney Opera House. Despite the fact that he was forced from the project in 1966 for political reasons, his building was added to The World Heritage list in 2007 "as a work of human creative genius" and one of the 20th century's greatest buildings. "It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind"

Please follow this link to view at the Archiod site.

Edge of the Possible video screenshot with white architectural building

Image from the opening scene from the film


Glow Worm Caves of New Zealand

Four people in kayaks in a cave

Lake McLaren, Tarunga, New Zealand.  Photograph by neverunprepared.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.


Giant red rock in distance in desert

Uluru, image by Joanna Penn.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Two kangaroos lounging in grass

Young kangaroos near Melbourne. Image by Justin Otto.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.


Australian Immigration

Aboriginal People