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New South Wales Archives and Libraries

Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps. This article describes the major national and New South Wales archives and libraries that hold genealogical and historical information.

National Archives of Australia

National Archives of Australia
PO Box 7425
Canberra Business Centre
ACT 2610
Tel: 1300 886 881 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3900)
Fax: 1300 886 882 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3999)

The National Archives holds records of Australian government records of the Federation or Commonweath since in 1901; Commonwealth people; and the High Court. RecordSearch describes over 7.7 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies.  Reading rooms are in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.
A step-by-step guide to research at the National Archives is available. More than 200 fact sheets about their records are available online. Family history records are not in their collections, but the site contains links to those records. Read Begin Your Journey  to get started family history.

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place
Parkes ACT 2600
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1266
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 5081

The National Library is the largest reference library in Australia. Their catalogue is online. Use eResources to locate indexes, full-text ejournals, websites and guides. Frequently asked questions for family historians explain about the records there.

ACT Heritage Library

ACT Heritage Library
Email act.heritage.library@act.gov.au
Phone +61 2 6207 5163
Fax +61 2 6207 5835

The two links below will allow you to download lists of historic marriages or deaths.

New South Wales

The State Records Authority of New South Wales

The State Records Authority of New South Wales
Email info@records.nsw.gov.au
Phone +61 2 9673 1788

The State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service

State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Phone +61 2 9273 1414

A guide is Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. No. 13 in the Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales series. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (FHL book 994.4 A35g no. 13.)

Family and Local History Societies

Australia Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. promotes and encourages the study of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects throughout Australia and to assist members and others in genealogical research.

Family History and Historical Societies in Australia lists family history organizations that are helpful to researchers.

University Archives

Other Archives

Another major source of archival material is Newspapers. Australian newspapers all have archives of important events in the past. The following WIKIPEDIA website provides a list of Australian newspapers:

Newspapers in Australia

General Guides to Archives

Printed guides may be helpful in locating family history material.

  • White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. Our Heritage. O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (FHL book 994 J54w.)
  • Australian Archives. Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.  (FHL book 994 A3r.) The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:
  • Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. Indexes in Australian libraries. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (FHL book 994 A3h.)

FamilySearch Catalog

The Family History Library has other guides. Call numbers for these can be found in the library's catalog by using the Place Search for:

AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

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