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Bankruptcy & Insolvency

Series NumberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 13654 Supreme Court Insolvency files 1842-87 [2/8650-10411] See the online Index.
NRS 13655 Supreme Court Bankruptcy files 1888-1929 [10/22500-4400] See the online Index.

Building & Design

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 4332 Colonial/Government Architect Files concerning erection, repair, additions and alterations to Public Buildings, 1837-1912 [2/572-650, 2/8151-65; ML Al 1/7; SR Plan Nos.2429, 2436, 2466, 2896-2901, 2903-04, 2942-44]
NRS 4335 Colonial/Government Architect Plans of Public Buildings, 1834-c. 31 Dec 1970 Plan Nos.634-1067, 1716-2024, 2170-81, 2216-18, 2257-2320, 2334-421, 2433-35, 2439-64, 2847
NRS 4351 Colonial/Government Architect Building files [B files], c. 1936 Listed in Archives Investigator.
NRS 9590 Metropolitan Licensing Court Plans of Licensed Premises : Hotel Plans, c. 1884-c. 1959 Listed in Archives Investigator.
NRS 12683 Public Works Sydney Harbour Bridge plans and sketches, c. 1920-c.1930 Listed in Archives Investigator.
NRS 12685 Public Works Sydney Harbour Bridge Photographic Albums, 29 Jul 1923-19 Jan 1933 See Photo Investigator.
NRS 12689 Public Works Department of Public Works Sydney Opera House files, c. 1962-1975 [3/16674-731B]
NRS 12702 Public Works "An International Competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Conditions and Programme" ("Brown Book") 1955 [2/8646 A-C]
NRS 12706 Public Works "Sydney Opera House" ("Gold Book"), 2 Mar 1959 [2/8645 A-B]
NRS 12707 Public Works "Sydney National Opera House" ("Red Book"), Mar 1958 [SZ107] See the Online Gallery.
NRS 12708 Public Works "Sydney Opera House" ("Yellow Book"), Jan 1962 [SZ104-05]
NRS 12825 Public Works Competition drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon to the Opera House Committee 1956 [SZ112]

Census records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 683 Bureau of Statistics Collectors' books, 1891 Census

[2/8401-28] Reels 2510-2542. See the online Index to the alphabetical list of districts for the 1891 Census.

NRS 685 Bureau of Statistics Collectors' books, 1901 Census

[2/8430-76] Fiche 1007-1211.
See Short Guide 7.

NRS 1273 Colonial Secretary 1828 Census: Householders' returns [4/1238-41]
NRS 1281 Colonial Secretary 1841 Census: Householders returns and affidavit forms Illawarra [4/1243A-C] 
Port Phillip [4/1244A-C] Reels 1419 and 2509. See the online Index to the 1841 Census.
NRS 1282 Colonial Secretary 1841 Census: Abstracts of Returns Berrima-Port Phillip [X946-49]
Queanbeyan-Yass [X950-51]

Colonial Secretary

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 897 Colonial Secretary Main series of letters received Colonial Secretary c.7 Feb 1788-1826 Microfilm copy of letters to 1825 at Reels 6041-6064, 6071-6072
NRS 898 Colonial Secretary Special bundles - Colonial Secretary, 1794 - 1825 See the online Colonial Secretary's Guide.
NRS 899 Colonial Secretary Memorials to the Governor, 1810-26 [4/1821-45] Fiche 3001-3162
NRS 900 Colonial Secretary Petitions to the Governor from convicts for mitigations of sentences, 1810-26 [4/1846-76] Fiche 3163-3253
NRS 905 Colonial Secretary Main series of letters received, 1826-1982 See the online Colonial Secretary's Guide.
NRS 906 Colonial Secretary Special bundles, 1826-1982 See the Colonial Secretary's Guide online for a complete listing.
NRS 907 Colonial Secretary Letters from individuals re Land, 1826-56 [2/7787-8013] Reels 1081-1200; [SZ998-99] COD194-195. See the Online Index.
NRS 909 Colonial Secretary Governor's and Colonial Secretary's Minutes and Memoranda, 1826-1927 [4/1074-80, 4/6987-88] Reels 2725-2727
NRS 922 Colonial Secretary Indexes and Registers to letters received, 1826-1921 1826-1900 [5/2336-596]; Reels 2929-2973, 2563-2619 and 1705, 1901-21 [5/2597-661]
NRS 1000 Colonial Secretary Copies of letters to the Sheriff, 5 Jul 1828-31 Dec 1850 [4/3896-902] Reels 1062-1065, another copy of [4/3897-98] Reels 760-61

Convict Records

Series NumberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 1155 Colonial Secretary Musters and other papers relating to convict ships, 1790-1849 [2/8240-8284] Reels 2417-2428
NRS 1170 Colonial Secretary Registers of conditional pardons, 16 Dec 1791- 6 Dec 1825, 1 Jan 1837-27 Aug 1841 16 Dec 1791-6 Dec 1825 [4/4430], 1 Jan 1837-27 Aug 1841 [4/4481] See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 1172 Colonial Secretary Copies of Conditional Pardons registered, 6 May 1826-11 Aug 1870 [4/4432-77, 4/10586] See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 1177 Colonial Secretary Registers of Absolute Pardons, 16 Dec 1791- 1 Jul 1843 [4/4486-88] Reel 800. See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 12188 Principal Superintendent of Convicts Indents 1788-1842 Bound manuscript indents, 1788-1835 [4/4003-19] Fiche 614-619, 626-657 and 660-695; [4/4020-22]; Printed indents, 1830-42 [4/4023; 4/4024] Reel 906; [4/4025-57]; [4/4058],  Reel 906; [3/6377-408], microfiche copy of [3/6398] part at SR Fiche 731.
NRS 12202 Principal Superintendent of Convicts Ticket of leave butts, 1827-1872 31 Mar 1827-Aug 1867 [4/4063-226, 4/4419-20], Jun 1868-Dec 1875 [4/4234]. See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 12204 Principal Superintendent of Convicts Butts of ticket of leave passports, 1835-69 [4/4235-80] See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 12210 Principal Superintendent of Convicts Butts of certificates of freedom 1827-67 [4/4289-418]
See the Index to Convict Records.
NRS 12221 Principal Superintendent of Convicts Warrants to pay to convicts sums to their credit in the Savings Bank of New South Wales, 1837-70 [X45, 4/7075, 4/4547-48] Reels 595-597

Court records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 846 Clerk of the Peace Indexes to Quarter Sessions criminal cases Sydney and Country 7 Jan 1839 - 9 Dec 1930 1839-1912 [5/2991-95] Reels 2728-2729, 1913-22 [19/13241] Reel 3623
NRS 847 Clerk of the Peace Registers of criminal cases tried at Sydney Quarter Sessions (Sydney Deposition books), 20 Dec 1838 - 1948 Nov 1920-Oct 1921 [5/2989] Oct 1921-Dec 1948 [19/13102-23, 19/14979]
NRS 848 Clerk of the Peace Registers of criminal cases tried at Country Quarter Sessions, 1839-1929 [5/2997-3003, 5/3008-10, 5/3012-13, 5/3015-17, 5/3022-25], Reels 2757-2759; [5/3027]
NRS 849 Clerk of the Peace Registers of criminal depositions received (Deposition books), 14 Aug 1849-1 Jan 1949 See the Index to criminal depositions received, 1849-1921.(currently unavailable)
NRS 2713 Court Reporting Branch Transcripts of evidence of the various Courts and Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry, 1899-1985 1899-1960 [6/1040B-3163, 3/4523-650, 3/1-528 part, 3/535-742], 1961-64 [3/4101-287, 3/4289-507, 3/528 part-534], 1965-66 [3/7541-737, 3/7537-38, 19/17051-54], 1967 [10/3231-86, 3/7539-40, 19/17055-60], 1968 [3/18005-222, 19/17061], 1970 [3/17321-478], 1971 [19/8481-586], 1972 [19/17062-184], 1973 [19/19328-494], 1974 [19/20262-404], 1975-77 [10/30622-823], 1978 [14/105-193.2], 1979 [10/30824-906], 1980-82 [14/193.3-471], 1983-85 [17/177-462].
NRS 880 Supreme Court Papers and Depositions, Supreme Court Sydney and on Circuit 1824-1946 1824-36 [ T128-70], 1837-1946 [9/6307-7405, 4/9090] photocopy City COD392, [10/11048 part, 10/10503 part, 10/8166-8181 part]
NRS 13477 Supreme Court Informations and other papers 1824-1947 [T19-T115]
NRS 13478 Supreme Court Annual returns of prisoners tried before the Supreme Court at Sydney and on Circuit, 1824-1847 1824-32 [X727; X48]  Reel 2756, 1835, 1837-47 [X67, X850-51].
NRS 13480 Supreme Court Session returns of persons tried and convicted by the Supreme Court at Sydney and on Circuit, 1825-1910 [X728-31]  Reel 2389; [X43-44] Reel 2756; [X46-47], Reel 2756; [X845-49] Reel 2389; [X880-900] Reels 2394-95
NRS 13492 Supreme Court Registers of criminal indictments, 1863-1919 [9/2630-35] Reels 1860-1861
NRS 13495 Supreme Court Divorce and matrimonial cause case papers, 20 Aug 1873-11 Dec 1976

1873-1930 [13/12395-13713, 13/14265-314, 4/8542], 1976 [12/14023.2-14142]
See Divorce Index for papers 1873-1923.
See also Archives Investigator for papers c. 1922-1963 and 1970

 

Deceased Estate & Probate records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 13340 Stamp Duties Office Deceased Estate files 1880-1959 [20/1-7089, 10/9243-54] See the Online Index.
NRS 13538 Curator of Intestate Estates Case papers 1821-1913 [6/3481-910, 10/27478-28006]. See the Online Index.
NRS 13660 Supreme Court Probate packets c. 1817-

Series 1 April 1917-May 1873 [14/3175-3488]

Series 2 1873-1876 [17/1745- 88]

Series 3 1876- c.1890 [17/1789-2377]

Series 4 c. 1890 - 1976 and 1989
See Archives Investigator for all probates held at State Records except
1890-1928 (Series 4-1 to Series 4/152150) - check the microfiche index in the reading room.

Immigration & Shipping

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 5238 Colonial Secretary Registers and indexes of letters received from miscellaneous persons re migration to New South Wales (incomplete), 1846-98 [4/4719-61] Reels 3099-3110
NRS 5239 Colonial Secretary Letters received, 1846-97 [9/6189-260, 9/6169-71] microfiche copy of the List of immigrants on the Fortitude [in 9/6191] on SR Fiche 2354
NRS 5313 Colonial Secretary Persons on Government ships, Aug 1837-Feb 1840 [4/4780] Reel 2654 and [4/4781], Reel 2668. See the online Miscellaneous Assisted Immigrants Index.
NRS 5314 Colonial Secretary Entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships 1832-42 [4/4825-91]. See the online Miscellaneous Assisted Immigrants Index.
NRS 5315 Immigration Board Wage agreements and entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships 1844-45 [4/4892-903] See the online Assisted Immigrants index.
NRS 5316 Colonial Secretary Persons on bounty ships [4/4782-812] Reels 2134-2143. See the online Miscellaneous Assisted Immigrants Index. Also see the Online Reel webpage.
NRS 5317 Immigration Board Persons on bounty ships to Sydney, Newcastle and Moreton Bay (Board's Immigration Lists) 1848-1891 [4/4904-5036] See the online Assisted Immigrants index.
NRS 5318 Immigration Agent Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip 1839-1851 [4/4813-18] See the online Assisted Immigrants index. Also the Online Reel webpage.
NRS 5320 Immigration Agent Germans on bounty ships 1849-55 [4/4820] See the online Assisted Immigrants index. Also see the Online Reel webpage.
NRS 5321 Immigration Agent Wives and families of convicts on bounty ships 1849-55 [4/4819]
NRS 13278 Shipping Master's Office Inward passenger lists, 1854-1922 [X90-X464]
NRS 13279 Shipping Master's Office Outward passenger lists, 1898-1922 1898-1900 [X465-76] Reels 563-579, 1901-11 [X477-539] Reels 3149-3205, 1911-22 [X540-604].

Inquest records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 343 Coroners' Branch Registers of Coroners' inquests and Magisterial inquiries 1834-1942 1834-94 [4/6611.1-6620; Reels 2921-2925], 1895-1920 [X2084-91; Reels 2225, 2763-2765], 1921-Jun 1942 [3/955-61; Reels 2766-2769].
NRS 345 Coroners' Branch Coroners' inquest papers (files concerning inquests, magisterial inquiries and inquests dispensed with) 1851-1963 1851 [19/8450 part], 1916 [2/10481], 1918 [7/5548 part], 1919-20 [7/5550 part-5552, 7/6492 part-6494 part], 1921-38 [2/10482-540], 1939 [2/10562.1], 1940-49 [19/3632-820, 13/8052-98], 1950-Mar 1963 [13/8099-793].

Justice of the Peace

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 1026 Colonial Secretary Registers of appointments of Justices of the Peace, 15 Feb 1844-1945 [5/3250-57]
NRS 13629 Supreme Court Commissions of the Peace, 1865-1958 [7/6997-7083]

Land Records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 8109 Lands Conditional purchase registers, 1862-1911 [7/2698-3013B, 7/4682-4849]
NRS 8405 Lands Cancelled parish, county, town, environs, municipality and area maps, c. 1 Jan 1880 - 1974 [Map Nos. 29138-999 and 34145-38993]
NRS 9941 Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage DS series Detail Sheets, 1 Jan 1904-45 [Map Nos.13431-16247]
NRS 13011 Land Titles Office Documents relating to Primary Applications, 1863-1906 [10/26390-27063]
NRS 13012 Land Titles Office Primary Applications, 1863-1986 [6/10035-454, 6/11432-607]
NRS 13716 Surveyor General Letters received from surveyors 1822-55 [2/1509-96] Reels 3051-3098; Map No. 6377
NRS 13836 Surveyor General Registers of land grants and leases 1791-1924

[7/444-96] microfilm copy of [7/444-49] at Reels 2560-2561, of [7/450-51] at Reel 2846, of [7/452-70] at Reels 2548-2550, of [7/471-96] at Reels 2700-2705, and a second microfilm copy of [7/479-80] at Reel 1397

See Short Guide 8 for a complete listing.

NRS 13859 Surveyor General Crown plans, 1792-1880 [Map Nos.1119-6162, 6320-24, 6330; SZ129-329, SZ388-555] See the online Index.
NRS 13886 Surveyor General Sketch books, 1828-90 [X751-78] Reels 2778-2782
NRS 13889 Surveyor General Surveyors' field books, 1794-1861 SZ81, Reel 2622, photocopy [City] COD118; SZ82-87, SZ723-52, SZ855-973, 2/4837-964, Reels 2622-2628, photocopy of 2/4847 [City] COD483; 2/4965, Reel 2664; 2/4966-78, 2/5195, Reel 2628; 2/4979-5112, 2/5196-201, 2/8063-92,  Map No.6376. See the online Index.
NRS 14363 Treasury Certificates for depasturing licences [Revenue Branch] 1837-1851 [4/91-108, 4/112]
NRS 17513 Land Titles Office Primary Application Packets, 1863 - Listed in Archives Investigator.

Naturalization

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 1039 Colonial Secretary Certificates of Naturalization, 1849-76

[4/1173-81, X1990, 4/1183-95, 4/1197-99] Reels 2688-2699

See Short Guide 9.

NRS 1040 Colonial Secretary Registers of Certificates of Naturalization, 1849-1903

1849-59, 1876-1903 (4/1200-01, 4/1204-16).

See Short Guide 9.

Occupation records

Doctors

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 9871 NSW Medical Board Minutes of proceedings, 1 Dec 1838 Dec 1838-Aug 1946 (7/5151] Reel 2668, Fiche 840-843; [2/711-14] Reel 2656; [7/5152-53] Reel 2658 Sep 1946-Sep 1972 [6/4555-59].
NRS 9872 NSW Medical Board Albums of doctors' signatures 29 Jan 1870-05 Dec 1917 Listed in Archives Investigator.
NRS 9873 NSW Medical Board Photographs of doctors 1888-1927 Listed in Archives Investigator.

Police service records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 10943 Police Department Registers of police appointments c.1857-1913 [8/3251-53]; Reel 3043. See the online Index.
NRS 10945 Police Department Registers of police 1862-1969 1862-1904 [7/6213] Reel 2657 and 1974, Fiche 846-850*, 1866-15 Sep 1969 [8/3255-64] [8/3255-58] Reels 3044-3047.
NRS 10946 Police Department Police salary registers, 1838-1915 [11/16332-37, 3/2988-95]
Reels 1970-74
NRS 10950 Police Department Police service registers 1927-1977 [11/11767-77]
AK 724 Police Department Police service cards c.1913-1986 Unregistered series

Prison Officers

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
(unregistered series) Department of Prisons Registers of prison staff, 1860-1923 [19/10554-555]

Public Servants

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 1286 Colonial Secretary Returns of the Colony 'Blue Books' 1822-57

[4/251-90] Reels 1-22; Fiche 438-613;

See Short Guide 3.

NRS 1286 Colonial Secretary Public service lists 1858-70 Fiche 807-819
NRS 12395 Public Service Board Employees' history cards 1911-68 [8/2599-733]

Publicans

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 14404 Treasury Butts of publicans' licences, June 1839-May1849 [4/61-83, 7/1501] Reels 5049-5062 and 1236. See the Online Index.
NRS 14403 Treasury Certificates for publicans' licences, 1 July 1853-30 June 1861 [4/84-89, 7/1502-13] Reels 5063-5066 and 1236-1242. See the Online Index

Railway employees

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 12922 State Rail Authority Personal History Cards - Employees born before 1900, c. 1 Jan 1870-c.31 Dec 1966 [11/16552-16745]

School Teachers

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 4073 Department of Public Instruction Teachers' rolls 1869-1908 Reels 1991-1998
NRS 15319 Inspector of Schools Branch Teacher leave cards 1908 - Container 1-26
NRS 15320 Inspector of Schools Branch Teacher careers cards 1908 - Container 1-62

Orphans & Child care

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 793 Female Orphan School Orphan School Admission Books, 1 Jul 1817-30 Apr 1850 See the Index to Orphan School records.
NRS 796 Male Orphan School Male Orphan School Admission Books, 1 Jan 1819-30 Apr 1850 See the Index to Orphan School records.
NRS 13362 Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children Registers of Inmates, 4 Jun 1852-14 Aug 1915 See the Randwick Asylum Index.

Photographs

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 4481 Government Printing Office Glass negatives, c.1870-c.1920 Reels 2787, 2546-47, 2643
NRS 9856 Maritime Services Board Glass negatives c. 1870 c. 1960

Selected images in this series have been digitised and may be viewed in Photo Investigator.

Reel 2755 or aperture card negative nos.3203-3372 and 3745-7273.

NRS 12487 Public Works Photographs taken during cleansing operations in quarantine areas, Sydney, 23 Mar 1900 - 1900 Selected images in this series have been digitised and may be viewed in Photo Investigator. Viewing positive microfilm Reel 2746, negatives for reproduction at aperture card nos. 7274-595, and 35 mm contact prints at COD123.
NRS 12932 Department of Railways Original Prints of Photographs used in NSW trains c. 1935- c. 1969 [X2441-2451]
NRS 17420 State Rail State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection 1850-c.1988 Selected images in this series have been digitised and may be viewed in Photo Investigator.

Police records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 10958 Police Police Gazette, 5 Mar 1862-c. 30 Sept 1982 1862-99 [1/3197-234] Reels 3129-3143, 1900-30 [1/3235-65, 1/3326 part] Reels 3594-3606; 1931-77 [1/3266-325, 1/3326 part-3351, 8/2257-59, 8/2316-18, 3/6988-90, 3/7775-76, 3/7928-39, 3/8149-50, 3/14790-93, 11/2198, 19/11458-59]

Railway records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 16401 State Rail Historical Notes and References

Listed in Archives Investigator.

NRS 17420 State Rail State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection

Selected images in this series have been digitised and may be viewed in Photo Investigator.

R560 State Rail Aperture card copies of plans and drawings Unregistered series

Registers of Firms

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 12961 Deeds Registration Branch Registers of firms under the Registration of Firms Act of 1902, 1903-22 [2/8526-53] See the online Index.

School records

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 3829 Department of Education School files 1876-1979 1876-1939 (5/14584-85, 5/14592-18303; SR Plan Nos.2159, 2846, 2848-72, 2879-81, 2902, 61584-665; SZ1020), 1940-79 (14/7241-7962). See the online Schools and Related records Index.
NRS 3830 Department of Education Subject files c. 01 Jan 1876-29 Jun 1998 See Short Guide 6.
NRS 4338 Colonial/Government Architect Plans and specifications of schools and school residences, 1861-1910 [X14-18]
NRS 4352 Colonial/Government Architect School and tertiary education buildings files [SB and S files] , c. 1937 Listed in Archives Investigator.
NRS 15051 Department of school education 1963-91 Photographic Collection c. 1 Jan 1850-c.31 Dec 1991 Listed in Archives Investigator by name of school.

Theatres and Public Halls

Series numberCreating AgencySeries titleItem
NRS 15318 Theatres and Public Halls Files relating to licences for theatres and public halls, c. 01 Jan 1895- c. 31 Dec 1992 Listed in Archives Investigator.