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Find out where to start your online research using the NSW State archives and how to...

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Dr J.J.C. Bradfield, Mrs Bradfield and family, 12 Sep 1931. Digital ID 12685_a007_a00704_8723000147

It is always easier to work from the present to the past when tracing your family...

We've listed resources to help you access archives relating to Aboriginal people.

Records relating to orphans, foster care, adoption and other out-of-home care.


Population muster and census records, 1788-1901.

The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of...

How do you know if there was a convict in your family? Find out where to start your...

Sources in our collection that relate to divorce and procedures for accessing Divorce...

Find the key records and indexes for passengers 1788-1922.

Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of...

Government Architect, Surveyors, Land Grants, Crown Land, Conditional Purchase.

Access railway records, including employment, locomotives, photos, plans.

Education in NSW 1788-c.1979 plus the main records, indexes, photos, teachers.


Windows into Wartime engages with a series of photographs produced by the NSW Government Printing Office during and immediately after the First World War. As government photographers were on the ground shooting the image, they were not only documenting but promoting and shaping how NSW mobilised in support of Australia’s war effort. 

Exhibition - Windows into Wartime 17 October 2016 – 9 September 2017