We are thrilled that records of the 1828 Census of NSW which we hold as part of the State Archives Collection have been inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. This is wonderful national and international recognition of the State Archives Collection and our work in preserving and making accessible the State’s archives. See details below for our exciting regional tour of the census.
The 1828 Census was the first official census undertaken by NSW after it was found the Governor had no authority to compel free men to come to a muster – the previous means of counting the colony’s population.
Browse the alphabetical returns by surname
The Census covers some 36,500 inhabitants, both convict and free, and captures a social and economic picture of the Colony of NSW in November 1828, 40 years after the Colony’s establishment. It covers all settlements within the jurisdiction of the then colony of NSW including Moreton Bay and Norfolk Island,
It records such detailed information for each person (including children) as name, age, if free or convict, if born in the colony or ship and year of arrival, sentence if arrived as a convict, religion, employment, residence, district, total number of acres, acres cleared, acres cultivated, horses, horned cattle, sheep, and remarks.
The records inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register include:
- Alphabetical Return, 1828 (NRS 1272) - follow the alphabetical links above
- Householders’ Returns (NRS 1273)
- District Abstracts (NRS 1274)
- Working Papers (NRS 1275)
- Colonial Secretary’s Special Bundles: 1828 Census (NRS 906)
We are in the process of digitising this material which will be made available on our website in the coming weeks.
We are taking the Census on tour so that more people than ever before can view the documents.
The tour includes a talk about the Census and why it is so significant and a display of one of the original 190 year old volumes that make up the Census.
|Thursday 11 April||Port Macquarie Hastings Library||Corner Gordon and Grant Streets
PORT MACQUARIE 2444
|Monday 15 April||Bathurst Library||70-78 Keppel Street BATHURST 2795||11am||11am-2pm|
|Tuesday 7 May||Tuggerah Library and Council Services||Westfield Shoppingtown Cobbs Road
|Monday 13 May||Goulburn Library||Civic Centre 184 – 194 Bourke Street
|Wednesday 29 May||Shellharbour City Library and Museum||Corner Cygnet and College Avenue
SHELLHARBOUR CITY CENTRE 2529