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People in regional NSW

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The Archives Resources Kit comprises the core of the State's historical records and is available in 40 community access points throughout country New South Wales. A number of other institutions and organisations around the State also hold parts of the kit and copies of State archives.

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Archives Resources Kit (ARK)

The ARK was a result of our Access for All initiative to provide people in regional and rural NSW with better access to the State's archives. The Kit contains over 1565 items (962 fiche and 604 reels) of our most popular and heavily used colonial records.

The ARK builds on a genealogical research kit issued in the 1980s and already held by some of the community access points. It includes explanatory material and links to information available on our website.

Topics covered include births, deaths and marriages; shipping; convicts; professions and occupations; land; naturalization; orphans; records of the Colonial Secretary; and more.

You may find that the ARK (or parts of it) are held at a library near you.

Community Access Points

Our Community Access Points around New South Wales are mainly libraries and historical societies each one holds the Archives Resources Kit (or parts there of). You will find community access points at the following places:

Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bega, Bourke, Broken Hill, Canberra, Casino, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Forster, Gosford, Goulburn, Grafton, Griffith, Inverell, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Lithgow, Maitland, Moree, Mudgee, Muswellbrook, Newcastle (Newcastle Region Library, University of Newcastle), Nowra, Orange, Parkes, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Taree, Tenterfield, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong (Wollongong City Library, University of Wollongong), Young.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news by reading the Community Access Points Newsletter.

Regional Repositories

A network of regional repositories, located in host institutions in Armidale, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong and Broken Hill, store and provide access to State archives of regional significance and to copies of key State archives.

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The regional archives repositories are currently located at: