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This month in history - July
Browse through the archives day by day and month by month. Highlights for July include: 1851 Victoria separated from New South Wales (1st); 1850 work began on NSW's first railway lines from Sydney to Parramatta (3rd); 1813 the first commercial shipment of wool was exported to Britain (6th); 1904 the streets of Sydney were lit by electricity for the first time when the Pyrmont power station was officially switched on (8th); 1945 Ben Chifley became Prime Minister of Australia (13th); 1936 the 'talking clock' service was first introduced in Sydney (24th); 1923 construction began on the Sydney Harbour Bridge (28th).
Mobile app - Towns Through Time
Now you can find images in our collection from Adaminaby to the Zig Zag railway, all from your mobile phone!
Listing of probate packets 1914-1918
The 31,443 probate packets, numbered Series 4-67547 to Series 4-99142, are now listed and available for searching in our catalogue.
New Index - Unemployed in Sydney, 1866
This new index is of interest to those whose ancestors may have been unemployed in 1866 and want to learn of their situation and possibly roughly when they arrived in the colony. It also provides a snapshot of economic conditions in Sydney in 1866.
Public Service / War Service exhibition
A new exhibition open until April 2016 honours the 11,000 NSW government employees who volunteered for military service overseas during World War I, and those who fulfilled essential services at home. The exhibition tells stories of public service and war service, pieced together through research in the State archives.
Research Topics - an A-Z list into our collection
For each topic we have gathered together useful links and sources, indexes and fact sheets. From "Architecture" and "Death Records" to "Local History" and "Railway Workers" your research awaits!
NSW Anzac Centenary - Records of NSW and WWI
Centenary of WWI and Anzac commemorative activities. Our exhibition and website draws from State Records collection to look at life in New South Wales during the war years.
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