Local history

North Sydney Council – Stanton Library – Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre collects and makes available primary and secondary material for a wide range of historical research, including family history, house histories and heritage reports.  The Heritage Centre also hosts a regular Genealogy Help Desk  to give people individual…

Wynnum Manly Historical Society – Queensland

This Society aims to gather and record their local history before it is lost. The  site has a short history of early Wynnum and Manly plus information on historic buildings and famous Wynnum/Manly residents. New

Parliamentary Papers Database (Victoria)

This site provides access to the full text of over 10,000 Victorian parliamentary papers dating from 1851.  All documents are fully searchable and include parliamentary committee reports, Ombudsman’s reports, Auditor General’s reports, Royal Commissions, annual reports of departments and agencies…

University of Newcastle, NSW – Special Collections on Flickr

This collection of 76,923+ images has a lot of material for family history research including this small selection: • Anglican Diocese of Newcastle – Churches and rectories, 344 images • Coal mines and coal • Estate posters • Historical photographs…

Port Phillip District – Victoria

This site by Alexander Romanov-Hughes includes censuses, directories and electoral rolls for Melbourne and Port Phillip plus biographies of pioneers. There are also alphabetical lists of passenger arrivals to Port Phillip for: • Coastal passengers 1839-1845 • Unassisted passengers from…

Sydney’s Alderman

Sydney’s Aldermen – This site has biographical information, and photographs if available, on aldermen and councillors elected to serve on the City of Sydney Council since 1842. Research is ongoing into the other councils that have been absorbed within the…

Queensland Places

This sites includes 1100+ entries on settlements in Queensland that now have or once had populations of 500 or more. The entries include cities, towns, villages and suburbs. Some of the entries are on gold rush or other mining towns…

Sewerage and Building records by Susie Zada

Sewerage and Building records by Susie Zada. These records are a wonderful resource for local and family history researchers and can be found in a multitude of repositories. This site details what is available for Australia and New Zealand and…