Monday 2 November 2020 – Website Maintenance
On Monday the 2nd of November between 9pm and 12am we will be conducting essential maintenance on our website. During this time some web services may be temporarily unavailable.

COVID-19 Limited Reading Room re-opening By Appointment Only
The Reading Room at the Western Sydney Records Centre is open by appointment only.
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Find out where to start your online research using the NSW State archives and how to...

Search for people and places across a variety of topics...

Dr J.J.C. Bradfield, Mrs Bradfield and family, 12 Sep 1931. Digital ID 12685_a007_a00704_8723000147

It is always easier to work from the present to the past when tracing your family...

We've listed resources to help you access archives relating to Aboriginal people.

Records relating to orphans, foster care, adoption and other out-of-home care.


Population muster and census records, 1788-1901.

How do you know if there was a convict in your family? Find out where to start your...

Find the key records and indexes for passengers 1788-1922.

Government Architect, Surveyors, Land Grants, Crown Land, Conditional Purchase.

Access railway records, including employment, locomotives, photos, plans.

The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of...

Sources in our collection that relate to divorce and procedures for accessing Divorce...

Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of...

Records in a Probate packet include the last will and testament.

Education in NSW 1788-c.1979 plus the main records, indexes, photos, teachers.


Photographic images are powerful. They can elicit an emotional response – be it wonder, curiosity, sadness or distress – and the sharing of stories. We invite you to take part in this exhibition.

A Thousand Words