The State Archives Collection includes lists of Aboriginal people who received blankets from the colonial authorities in the 19th century. The lists are broadly arranged by locality and include both Indigenous and European names for each person as well as their age. These lists are, and always...

At the heart of every town are people and buildings. NSW State Archives is bringing (virtually) archives about the people and buildings of your town to you. Join us to see the archives and to remember some of the buildings and the people that make up your town.

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At the heart of every town are people and buildings. NSW State Archives is bringing (virtually) archives about the people and buildings of your town to you. Join us to see the archives and to remember some of the buildings and the people that make up your town.

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At the heart of every town are people and buildings. NSW State Archives is bringing (virtually) archives about the people and buildings of your town to you. Join us to see the archives and to remember some of the buildings and the people that make up your town.

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At the heart of every town are people and buildings. NSW State Archives is bringing (virtually) archives about the people and buildings of your town to you. Join us to see the archives and to remember some of the buildings and the people that make up your town.

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Schools are often the centre of a town and reflect the good times and bad times but also the fun times like days off for the local show. They reflect the culture and location of the town – early finishes so the children can help with the milking or more pupils when the railway is built...

Explore the town of Ulladulla through the school records in the NSW State Archives collection. Schools are often the centre of a town and reflect the good times and bad times but also the fun times like days off for the local show. They reflect the culture and location of the town - early...

Learn how to access these patient records and find out what they can reveal.

How to find all the details of NSW bankruptcy and insolvency records. 

N.S.S. Nautical School Ship Sobraon - on the deck. NRS-4481-2-4-8624-806

The NSW State Government has played a role in the care and protection of children since the early days of the colony. This webinar explores the records of the 19th century institutions, schools and asylums that housed orphans and destitute children; the juvenile reformatories that cared for...

Find out how to search and view copies of these records in our catalogue. Search and download more than 80,000 digital copies for free!

The Royal Commission of Public Charities 1873 advocated the use of a 'boarding out' system for orphans and destitute children to replace charitable institutions and homes. This webinar focuses on the recently indexed and digitised Dependent Children Registers (1883-1923). The...

Learn about the divorce records in our collection. 

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Did you know that we hold films in the NSW State Archives Collection? We are working hard to preserve and digitise our films. We take you through some of the films we have digitised and uploaded to YouTube. 

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We hold a fairly complete set of Coroners Inquest Papers for the years 1940-1963.

Sydney had an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague in the years 1900-1908.

A snapshot of how to use digital shipping lists.

How to find and download one of our 300,000 images.

Indents list convicts transported to NSW

Breaking into a chain of title may be easier than you think

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We have indexed and digitised this collection of photographs c.1870-c.1930 .

Highlighting our collection of Hotel Plans for the Sydney area.

Railway personal history cards for people born before 1900

How to make sense of all of the details on a parish map

Tagging helps you quickly return to items and make them more discoverable to other users.

Find out about the Tramway staff registers and what they can tell you.

A look at these photographs, some of which date back to the 1850's. 

We hold probate packets for the years 1800-1976 in our Collection. This webinar shows you how to find a probate packet and why they are so useful for research.

Learn the the difference between Old System and Torrens Title.

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Collection Search is a powerful search tool that can really help to mine the archives for local history gold.

Deceased estate files, 1880-1958 are the companion to our Probate packets. See what you can find in the files.

We have digitised a quantity of these beautiful and informative drawings.

This Census covers some 36,500 inhabitants, both convict and free.

Did you know you can search unassisted passenger arrivals to NSW online?

How to use our online indexes in your local history research

Prior to 1919 the valuing of land in NSW was undertaken by local councils. From about 1919 this was gradually taken over by the Valuer General, starting with Manly in 1919 and reaching Broken Hill in the 1980's. In this webinar we take a look at Valuation Rolls and how they can be used for...

The Government established the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in 1906, and from 1909 water was supplied from Burrinjuck Dam. The files concern all aspects of operation in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, including enquiries by prospective settlers, naming and planning of towns, land resumption,...

Collection Search is a powerful single search tool that provides access to the 1.9 million items in the archives.

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

Tips and techniques to find all the details of NSW probate records.

Explores the records of public servants that are held in our collection. 

Cronulla Beach, no date. Digital ID 12932_a012_a012X2441000048

An introduction to the NSW State Archives photographic collection.

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The Police Service cards in our Collection cover the years 1913-1986. They show dates of employment and promotion, where stationed, personal details such as date of birth, hair and eye colour and record of offences and special service. In this webinar we take a look at these cards that tell us...

This Small Debts Register was indexed by the members of the Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society.

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CROPPED Willoughby - Survey of part of the north Shore shewing the boundaries of the land grant to Alfred Thrupp and Robt, 20 Sep 1828. Digital ID NRS13886[X751]_a110_000031

Early land grants and records of the occupation of Crown land pre-1856.

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Whilst we don't hold records of patients in private hospitals in the Archives Collection, there are records you can use to find out more about the hospitals themselves. This webinar will examine the records that inform us about the operation of private hospitals in the 19th and early 20th...

1828 Census

Find out about the 1828 Census and why it was so significant.

Newcastle Court House. Digital ID 4481_a026_000535

Bench of Magistrates, Courts of Petty Sessions and Local Courts records.

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Group of officers, Military Camp, Milkmans Hill, Rookwood

You can find a wealth of information about 19th and early 20th century military personnel in the NSW State Archives Collection, from regimental orders to details of public servants who served in the military and information about the soldier's settlement blocks they held when they came home...

Until the early twentieth century a journey to NSW involved a sea voyage. Travellers boarding a ship often faced the perils of fire, disease and shipwreck, and the Australian coast is littered with the remnants of many ships that failed to safely reach their destination. In this webinar we focus...

Marriage and divorce records in the NSW State archives. 

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Teachers' rolls and Teacher career cards are the point of entry for research about teachers. They tell us where and when teachers were employed, and their classification. This webinar shows you how to find these records and where they can lead your research.

Have you ever tried to find a Government document from the 19th century? This webinar explains the top-numbering filing system used by many Government departments in the 19th and early 20th centuries, giving you the tools to understand this essential concept of archival research.

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Sample from the Botanic Gardens and Government Domains Employees Index. Digital ID NRS13129_X1600_007-008

Learn how to trace government employees using our collection.

Sources and techniques to find all the details of your gaolbird ancestor.

Use heat to remove sticky tape

Learn about the basic things you can do at home to protect your precious documents.

Henry Parkes - passenger entry on the Strathfieldsay, arrived 25 July 1839, NRS 5316 4-4784-0129

Learn about the wonderful resources we hold to help locate the arrival of an ancestor in NSW.

In the early 1800’s the Parramatta Female Factory was seen by authorities as a solution to the management of female convicts, their protection and the harnessing of their economic power. Join social history curator and writer Gay Hendriksen and Emily Hanna for a conversation about the...

Staff from the Eveleigh workshops standing in front of a C3806 locomotive as it prepares for a trial trip. Digital ID 17420_a014_a014000222

An introduction to the wide variety of railway records in our collection.

Supreme Court, King Street, Sydney. NRS-4481-2-4-8603-408

Records of the Higher Courts include the Court of Quarter Sessions, the District Court and the Supreme Court.

Unidentified house NRS-4481-2-4-8634-1001

How to find house and property records in the collection. 

Restoring the Great Sydney Station Honour Board

Presented by Bill Phippen of the Australian Railway Historical Society.

Gulargambone Public School NRS-15051-1-16-858-12

How to research students, teachers and school sites in the NSW State school system.

Government buildings have shaped where and how we live in NSW. This webinar will explore records that can tell us about these buildings - how they were planned and designed and how they were built. 

Carrs Creek Public School - Mr and Mrs Thomas Ross and family - school teacher Carrs Creek and Cundletown 1905-1911. Digital ID 15051_a047_002592

Learn about the various ways you can trace people by first looking at where they were.

We've been undertaking a large digitisation project of at-risk material in the State Archives Collection. Find out about the glass plate negatives depicting life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, our digitised insolvency files and school files.

Nurse weighing baby at the Bourke St Baby Clinic, c.1914. Digital ID 4873_a004_a004000006r

Tips for finding women in the archives - at work, in family life, in the care of institutions and in death.