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The first Europeans began exploration of the Australian continent in the 17th century. Dutch explorer Willem Janszoom landed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606 and mapped some of the coastline. Later on Abel Tasman in 1642 reached ''Van Diemen's Land'' (now Tasmania) and in 1644 with three ships (Limmen, Zeemeeuw &amp; Braek) he mapped the north coast of Australia. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James Cook took possession in the name of Great Britain.  
 
The first Europeans began exploration of the Australian continent in the 17th century. Dutch explorer Willem Janszoom landed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606 and mapped some of the coastline. Later on Abel Tasman in 1642 reached ''Van Diemen's Land'' (now Tasmania) and in 1644 with three ships (Limmen, Zeemeeuw &amp; Braek) he mapped the north coast of Australia. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James Cook took possession in the name of Great Britain.  
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== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
  
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=== States  ===
 
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*[[Western Australia, Australia|Western Australia]] (WA)
 
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=== Territories  ===
 
=== Territories  ===
  
*[[Ashmore and Cartier Islands|Ashmore and Cartier Islands]]
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*[[Australian Capital Territory, Australia|Australian Capital Territory]] (ACT)  
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**[[Australian Capital Territory, Australia|Australian Capital Territory]] (ACT)  
*[[Christmas Island, Australia|Christmas Island]]  
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**Jervis Bay Territory (JBT)
*[[Cocos Islands, Australia|Cocos (Keeling) Islands]]
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**[[Northern Territory, Australia|Northern Territory]] (NT)
*[[Lord Howe Island, Australia|Lord Howe Island]]  
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*[[Norfolk Island|Norfolk Island]]
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*External
*[[Northern Territory, Australia|Northern Territory]] (NT)  
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**Ashmore and Cartier Islands(uninhabited)  
*[[Torres Strait Island|Torres Strait Islands]]
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**Australian Antarctic Territory
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**[[Christmas Island, Australia|Christmas Island]]  
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**[[Cocos Islands, Australia|Cocos (Keeling) Islands]]  
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**Coral Sea Islands (population: 4)  
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**Heard Island and McDonald Islands (uninhabitated)
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**[[Norfolk Island|Norfolk Island]]
  
 
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== &nbsp;Resources  ==
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*[http://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/browse/123 The National Library of Australia]:&nbsp; This site can be an Australian resident researcher's delight, for, as well as having access to genealogical indexes, databases, full-text ejournals, subject guides and websites, you can, after registering for a Library Card, access a variety of items online these include; 19th Century British Library Newspapers, London Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003,&nbsp;[http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ Irish Newspaper Archives], and Indexes of Australian newspapers amongst many others on offer.  
 
*[http://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/browse/123 The National Library of Australia]:&nbsp; This site can be an Australian resident researcher's delight, for, as well as having access to genealogical indexes, databases, full-text ejournals, subject guides and websites, you can, after registering for a Library Card, access a variety of items online these include; 19th Century British Library Newspapers, London Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003,&nbsp;[http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ Irish Newspaper Archives], and Indexes of Australian newspapers amongst many others on offer.  
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Pacific/Australia.pdf Family History Library Research Outline for Australia]  
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Pacific/Australia.pdf Family History Library Research Outline for Australia]  
 
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=AUSTRALIA_NEW_ZEALAND records collections for Australia] available on FamilySearch.org  
 
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=AUSTRALIA_NEW_ZEALAND records collections for Australia] available on FamilySearch.org  
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/australia Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network - Australia]
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== Featured Content  ==
 
== Featured Content  ==
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:  
 
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:  
  
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*[http://www.nla.gov.au/ The National Library of&nbsp; Australia] has many articles including, [http://www.pictureaustralia.org/index.html Photos, ][http://trove.nla.gov.au/ Newspaper articles] and much more. [http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 to 1954]
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*As of 1 Feb 2013, the [http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper National Library of Australia's collection of digitised historic newspapers] contained over 8 million pages and more than 81 million articles available to search or browse and read on-line.
 
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*The [http://www.congress2012.org.au/ 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry] will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, 28-31 March 2012
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*[[Australia Societies|Societies]]  
 
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*[[Australia Taxation|Taxation]]  
 
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*[[Australia Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
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*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Australian Research|Getting Help with your Genealogy]]
  
 
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Revision as of 04:11, 4 February 2013

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The first Europeans began exploration of the Australian continent in the 17th century. Dutch explorer Willem Janszoom landed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1606 and mapped some of the coastline. Later on Abel Tasman in 1642 reached Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) and in 1644 with three ships (Limmen, Zeemeeuw & Braek) he mapped the north coast of Australia. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James Cook took possession in the name of Great Britain.

Australia was first settled by Europeans in January 1788 with the arrival (at Botany Bay on the south-east coast) of eleven English ships with more than 1000 convicts and military personnel, known today as the 'First Fleeters. The site was found to be unsuitable so a few days later the ships moved to Port Jackson at Sydney Cove. The second fleet arrived in 1790 and saved the colony from starvation. The third fleet arrived in 1791 and included the first Irish transportees. The first free settler immigrants arrived in 1793. The expanding colony became known as New South Wales.

Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy.

Getting Started with Australia research

To get started with Australian research, it is helpful to know where one's family or ancestors lived in Australia and to know when they died.  Australian states' civil death certificates give a great deal of valuable information which will help you in your research.  Click on a state name or on the map below to learn about research in an Australian state or territory.

Jurisdictions

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  • Convicts were transported from Ireland to Australia starting in 1788.  The National Archives of Ireland holds a wide range of records about this. The Ireland-Australia Transportation database is compiled from such records as the transportation registers, convict reference files and petitions to government for pardon or commutation of sentence.  The database is not complete for every convict.
  • The Australians in the Boer War (Oz-Boer) Database Project is a free online search aid to help you identify books, journals, webpages and other ephemera dealing with individual Australian soldiers and nurses involved in the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).
  • The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, Australia, is publishing South African Graves, a database of burial and memorial locations of Australians who died during the second South African Anglo-Boer War, 1899 – 1902.

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