State Archives & Records NSW manages and provides access to the New South Wales State archives collection, a unique and irreplaceable part of Australia's cultural heritage dating back to 1788. This site offers access to:
• Search - a single, simple search to discover photographic and documentary content from amongst the millions of items catalogued in the Collection. You can also do a search of the website content.
• Online Indexes in the following categories: Aboriginal People; Architecture and Design; Asylums; Attorneys, Barristers and Solicitors; Bankruptcy and Insolvency; Business and Company Records; Census and Musters; Chemists and Pharmacists; Child Care and Protection; Colonial Secretary; Convicts; Courts; Deaths; Deceased Estates; Divorce; Gaols; Goldmining; Governor; Health; Immigration and Shipping; Inquests; Intestates; Land; Maps and Plans; Medical Practitioners; Military and War; Naturalization and Denization; Nurses and Midwives; Police; Probates and Wills; Professions and Occupations; Quarter Sessions; Railways and Railway Workers; Schools; Soldier Settlement; Squatters and Graziers; Surveyor General; Teachers and Unemployment.
• Online Guides - Occupations cover: Accountants; Apprentices; Architects, Attorneys, Barristers, Solicitors; Dentists; Firefighters; Medical Practitioners; Military Personnel; Nurses; Optometrists; Pharmacists and Chemists; Physiotherapists; Police Service; Prison Officers / Gaol Staff; Public Servants; Publicans' Licenses; Railway Employees; School Teachers and Sydney Harbour Bridge construction workers.
• Online Guides - Immigration / Shipping Guide - Use the Stories Tab to access Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Immigration, India, Italian, Lebanese, Maltese, Polish and Russian migration stories.
• KeyName Search to search for your family across all the indexes at once, except the Index to the Colonial Secretary’s Papers 1788-1825.
• Research A-Z that allows you to browse the alphabetical list of research topics. This list includes guides, indexes and stories.
• A program of free webinars that focuses on the resources of the State archives collection and how to access them. You can join and participate in a live webinar or watch pervious webinars whenever you want.
• Handwriting – tips for reading handwritten documents
TIP: Use Search to search for place names, ship's names and surnames or use Research A-Z to choose a research topic such as Nurses and Midwives. The Indexes Tab will list the online indexes available; the Guides Tab will list available guides and the Stories Tab will list available stories.
TIP: Check out the State Archives & Records NSW How to use the website guide