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Now&Then 27 - August 2007

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This edition has been edited.

Online News

The latest additions to the online indexes and resources on our website include:

New Family History page on Railway Employee records

This new page provides family historians with background information on railway personal history cards. Included are lists of the main series of personal history cards as well as other series from various rail departments. There is also information focusing on the General Strike of 1917. There are numerous examples of the different employee records throughout.

New Court of Claims Index

The Index to Court of Claims relating to land, 1833-35 will be of interest to local and family historians researching land ownership. A Court of Claims was established by the passing of Act - IV Will No. 9, 1833 - to hear the claims from all persons holding, or claiming to hold lands, where grants had been promised and claiming to have grants. The index includes over 1000 entries.

New Photo Investigator addition

A new series, NRS 745 Photographs of Sydney Buildings, provides a glimpse into the Sydney CBD area in the 1880s. These photographs, taken by private photographers, show buildings in Sydney in need of repair or undergoing alterations, as well as views of streets showing the condition of awnings, signboards and walls of shops, hotels and private residences. There are 24 images in this series.

Satisfaction Survey 2007

During August we are conducting a satisfaction survey to help us plan and improve our services. We are keen to receive your comments and criticisms and suggestions on our services and facilities. Respondents will also have the chance of winning a copy of the Convict Guide.
(NOTE: This is now closed)

Convict Records

We are pleased to announce that the Convict Records held by State Records NSW, the Archives Office of Tasmania and the State Records Office of Western Australia have been accepted for inscription on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Convict records held by State Records were recently added to this register which lists documentary heritage of world significance. This is a great honour for Australia and archives in general and for State Records NSW in particular. For further information:

Stage 6 wins another award

The Government Records Repository's Stage 6 building at Western Sydney Records Centre was a winner in the Penrith City Council's inaugural Excellence in Design Awards. This was announced at a function held at the Penrith Regional Gallery on Friday 1 June 2007 where Stage 6 was the winner of the "Green Buildings" category. The judging panel, headed by Peter Mould, NSW Government Architect, described Stage 6 as being "world class". Stage 6 incorporates the latest innovations in environmental technology with energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction principles incorporated into the functional design, without compromising its strategic purpose or financial viability.