This guide provides an entry into a unique collection of records, created by both the British Government and the Colonial administration, covering the period 1788-1842 (plus the 'convict exiles' from the later 1840s and 1850s) that documents the 'convict careers' of these men and...

The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of information on all aspects of the history of the Colony and the State of NSW. Chiefly responsible for this was the Colonial Secretary's pre-eminence in public life and the fortunate occurrence of the survival...

We suggest you use these record series lists (NRS 898 and NRS 906) if you are looking for a particular subject as some papers on important matters were extracted from the main series and became special bundles. 

The long history of the Office of the Colonial (later Chief) Secretary, and its close association with all aspects of the administration of NSW, meant that it was responsible for the creation of records of major importance to all researchers. The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one...

This index covers requests from individuals for land - leases and purchases - received by the Colonial Secretary's office between 1826 and 1856.

This is not a name index to letters but a subject listing of bundles. The letters in this series are numerically arranged by number in the years 1826-1832 and 1850-1982. Between 1833 and 1849 the letters are arranged in writer/subject bundles.

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Arranged by name and subject this is the most comprehensive index of early NSW settlement. The Papers include petitions by convicts; requests for permission to marry; memorials re potential settlers; land grants/leases applications; information re court cases and lists of...

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This Colonial Secretary's Special Bundle includes a variety of letters, papers and returns dating from 1794 to 1813. For example, it includes victualling and 'slop' clothing books, lists of persons on and off the stores and an annual return of settlers and convicts.

Fully digitised
Inspector General of Police

This index will be of interest to those whose ancestors may have been unemployed in 1866 and wish to learn of their situation and possibly their approximate arrival in the colony. It also provides a snapshot of economic conditions in Sydney in 1866.

Henry Kemble was a most unusual actor. He was a monopolylogist – he played all characters within the plays he performed. 

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Not a job for the faint hearted, the position of Superintendent of Alpacas was created in 1859 in an experiment to introduce alpacas to NSW.

Browsing through the Colonial Secretary’s Index, 1788-1825 an interesting subject of Town Crier caught our eye.

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This was no ordinary letter. Not only is it very rare to find three-dimensional objects in the State archives, but the letter and associated correspondence references to smallpox and the colony’s vaccination program. It was deduced that the parcel probably contained a sample of the...

In this episode Martyn highlights one of the most valuable and iconic parts of the State Archives collection: the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence.

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The Colonial Secretary's Office was a central point of contact for many people in the 19th century.

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