State archives sources and techniques to find all the details of NSW probate records.
Behind the Scenes
In this episode Coleen shows us the very popular Probate Packets. These records contain the last will and testament of the deceased as well as administrative documents around the settling of the estate. The records in our collection date from 1817 to 1976 and some of 1989. And we have boxes and boxes of them!
Mary Reibey is one of the most famous early convict women in the colony of New South Wales. A convicted horsethief, Mary went on to run an extensive importing and mercantile business and there are numerous references to her business dealings, liquor licences, land grants and purchases throughout the State archives.