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This month in history - October
Browse through the archives day by day and month by month. Highlights for October include: 1964 the new Gladesville Bridge in Sydney was officially opened (2nd); 1935 Luna Park opened in Sydney for the first time (4th); 1829 emancipists (former convicts) became eligible for jury service in NSW (9th); 1933 Australia's first traffic lights began operating in Sydney (13th); 1909 NSW agreed to surrender approximately 2400 square kilometers of the state to the Commonwealth for the creation of the Australian Capital Territory (18th); 1973 the Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II (20th); 1841 the first executions in Darlinghurst Gaol took place (29th).
Reading room closed Saturday 17 October 2015
The Western Sydney Reading Room will be closed on Saturday 17 October 2015 due to scheduled building maintenance, reopening Monday 19 October.
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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