1828 Census inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register and regional tour

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:

We are in the process of digitising this material which will be made available on our website in the coming weeks.

1828 Census regional tour

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.

Date Venue Address Talk On display
Thursday 11 April Port Macquarie Hastings Library Corner Gordon and Grant Streets
PORT MACQUARIE 2444
10.30am 10.30am-2.00pm
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
TUGGERAH 2259
11am 11am-2pm
Monday 13 May Goulburn Library Civic Centre 184 – 194 Bourke Street
GOULBURN 2580
12.30pm 11am-2pm
Wednesday 29 May Shellharbour City Library and Museum Corner Cygnet and College Avenue
SHELLHARBOUR CITY CENTRE 2529
11am 11am-2pm