This guide provides a list of the Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1787-1856. The records are Open to Public Access (OPA).


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For copies of birth, death and marriage certificates registered in NSW and NSW historical BDM indexes you need to visit the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and...


The Colony of NSW had been established with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. When Lachlan Macquarie arrived two decades later as the fifth Governor of NSW, the future of the Colony was considered to be at risk of moral degeneration. Cohabitation—the practice of living together in an...

Free men and women who courted were considered to be ‘promised in marriage’. Expectations were set as to how the forthcoming marriage would advantage both parties socially and economically. When a promise of marriage was broken—or breached—the offending party could be...

Marriage and divorce records in the NSW State archives. 

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