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This month in history - September
Browse through the NSW state archives day by day and month by month. Highlights for September include: 1922 the poet and writer Henry Lawson died (2nd); 1955 the NSW Government launched a competition for an international design for an Opera House at Bennelong Point in Sydney (13th); 1797 coal was officially discovered in the Newcastle region by Lieutenant John Shortland (18th); 1882 the Garden Palace fire occurred (22nd); 1857 a mass funeral was held for those who died in the shipwreck of the Dunbar on 20 August (24th); 1882 the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was officially opened (25th); 1855 the first railway line in NSW was opened (26th); 1973 the first public performance in the newly completed Sydney Opera House took place (28th); 1813 the 'holey dollar' and 'dump' coins became legal tender in NSW (30th).
History Week Event - Treasures from the Great War
7 September 10:00am to 12:00pm :: Come along to hear about the NSW Government's role during the Great War and records giving an insight into life in NSW during the war years.
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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