The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney celebrated its bicentenary on 13 June 2016. A selection of records are discussed in context in celebration of this milestone being reached.
Examples of records in our collection relating to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, are discussed in context in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney - Bicentenary story.
State Records NSW holds a number of records which document the activities and development of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney from 1816 on, as well as related areas which fell under its administration over time.
This guide is intended to outline the main record series identified to include relevant records. Other records may be found, for example, by searching the records of the Surveyor General and Lands Department.
Colonial Secretary's Papers (online index)
About the index (link to search at top of page).
Main series of letters received [Colonial Secretary].
Search in indexes and then use registers to identify location of letters bundles relating to the topic of interest. Consider keywords which relate to the changing names, functions, events, and areas associated with the Garden's history, e.g. Botanic, Gardens, Domain, Farm Cove, Flora; as well as the names of botanists and other employees who worked in the Gardens.
For the years arranged by subject there are Colonial Botanist/Botanist bundles, covering the years 1833-49 (excluding 1843 and 1846):
NRS 898 &
Consider keywords as suggested above. Look for references to the Botanic Gardens and grounds in the record series
lists (by year range) in the left-hand column in the Colonial Secretary Guide »
Consider keywords as suggested above.
There are a number of series which were created by the Botanic Gardens over its history, which are viewable in the Royal Botanic Gardens agency description. Key resources include:
Letters received and minutes of proceedings of the Committee of Management of the Botanic Gardens.
Correspondence files [Royal Botanic Gardens].
Search for subjects (within item titles) using the search window below the series description.
Note: records less than 30 years old are closed to public access.
Unregistered correspondence files [Royal Botanic Gardens]
Search for subjects (within item titles).
Government publications such as:
Unless otherwise stated, these records are available to view at the Western Sydney Records Centre.
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 assigned servants.
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.
A complete listing of the Surveyor General's Crown Plans from the Select List of Maps and Plans (and Supplement), 1792-1886. It contains the earliest surveys of NSW (towns and villages, squatting districts, counties and parishes, roads, rivers, mountain ranges, and explorers' expeditions).