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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.
- Archives Resources Kit Loan Service - for NSW country libraries
- Guide to Using the Archives Resources Kit - how to use the ARK for your research
- What's in the Archives Resources Kit
- Who else has the Archives Resources Kit?
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.
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.
The regional archives repositories are currently located at: