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City closure - relocation of resources

After the closure of the City (Rocks) reading room in June 2012 resources were relocated to various libraries and societies. This page lists where the resources can be accessed.

Relocation of resources

The reading room at Sydney Records Centre

The city reading room closed on Friday 29 June 2012. Below is a list of the relocation of resources.

There were 4976 reels of microfilm housed in the Sydney Records Centre.

Of the 4976 reels, there are 4021 microfilm copies of NSW State archives on open access. The 4021 reels on open access include the 1034 reels that have been/will be digitised as part of State Records’ non-exclusive agreements with Ancestry is available for access at many local libraries and freely available at the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC). They include almost all the Archives resources Kit. A portion of these are being considered for re-location within the CBD and to country regions. More details on the exact relocation will be added to this page in the near future.

The remaining microfilm collection will be transferred to Western Sydney in the short term. This collection is made up of convict records not included in the ARK; post 1826 Colonial Secretary’s correspondence, including letters received, sent, and related records; Surveyor General’s records; Gaol records (entrance and description books); land records; mines records; selected court records (for example bench books and registers) and Board/Council of Education records, some reels that are duplicated on microfiche and other part/small series.

Resources to be transferred to the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC)

Aborigines Protection Board/Aborigines Welfare Board closed records (249 Reels)
Australian Joint Copying Project Reels (423 Reels)
NSW Government Gazettes (523 Reels)
Will Books - NRS 13661 (343 Reels)
Microfiche collection (most of) - Key exceptions are the Divorce index and the Dependant Children’s indexes and registers, which will be located at the State Library.
Aperture cards - of the Crown Plans (formerly referred to as Surveyor General’s Maps and Plans) and the incomplete set of the copies of the parish maps.  In the longer term the Crown Plans will all be available via the PIXEL on the ‘Lands Kiosk’ in the reading room.
Library collection including the Blue Books
CODs (Copies of Documents)
National Archives of Australia, Passenger lists inwards - Sydney, Jan 1923-Dec 1966

Resources to be transferred to the NSW State Library

Diary of officer doing duty over Jimmy Governor [Darlinghurst Gaol] Reel 1843 (1 reel)
Teachers’ Rolls 1868-1908 Reels 1990-1998 (8 reels)
Public Service Lists, 1871-1960, Reels 3609-3620 (12 reels)
Surveyor General – NRS 13887 Index to sketch books (Reel 2778) and NRS 13886 Surveyors sketch books (Reels 2778-2782) (5 reels)
Divorce Index 1873-1974  Fiche 6130-6410

Dependant Children’s indexes and registers 1883-1923, Fiche 2001-2052, 7003-7342

Colonial Secretary - Letters from individuals re land 1826+, Reels 1081-1200
Colonial Secretary - Indexes and Registers to letters received, 1826 - 1900, Reels 2929-2973, 2563-2619
Colonial Secretary - Letters sent,  Reels 624-653 (including 641A), 703, 712, 750, 765-66, 825, 899-901, 1039-1065, 2289-2313, 2649-2650, 2798-2799, 2807-2819, 2855-2866, 2869-2882, 2915-2920 and 2978-3024
Deceased Estates Indexes, Reels 3210-3240, 3297-3308, 3241-3296, 3309-3387

Resources to be transferred to the Royal Australian Historical Society

Returns of the Colony, ('Blue Books'), 1822-57, Fiche 438-613
Public Service lists, 1858-70 Fiche 807-819
Surveyors' field books [Surveyor General] Reels 2622-2628

Index to sketch books [Surveyor General] Reel 2778

Surveyors sketch books [Surveyor General] Reels 2778-2782

Copies of the core of the State's historical records are available as apart of the Archives Resources Kit, which may be accessed at 40 community access points throughout country New South Wales. A number of other institutions and organisations around the State also hold parts of the kit and copies of State archives.