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Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps. This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.  
 
Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps. This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.  
  
Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites showing information on addresses and services, and a description of their holdings. Some have an online catalog.  
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Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites listing their e-mail address and services.&nbsp; Most archives have catalogs&nbsp; describing their records and how to use them. Some catalogs are online.<br>
  
 
== National Archives  ==
 
== National Archives  ==
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The National Archives of Australia holds the records of the Commonwealth government. State Archives hold the records of government for each state. Some Archive web sites include indexes to the material held in that archive eg. immigration, convict records, census, court records, hospitals, divorce, land, patents etc.  
 
The National Archives of Australia holds the records of the Commonwealth government. State Archives hold the records of government for each state. Some Archive web sites include indexes to the material held in that archive eg. immigration, convict records, census, court records, hospitals, divorce, land, patents etc.  
  
[http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html National Library of Australia]
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[http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html National Library of Australia]  
  
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Most records date back to the 1901 Federation of Australia, but some date back even earlier. <br> <br> Catalogs, inventories, and periodicals available at the Family History Library are listed at [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=356426&subject_disp=Australia+-+Archives+and+libraries&columns=*,180,0 AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.]
  
Most records date back to the 1901 Federation of Australia, but some date back even earlier.
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Additional listings are available by a [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=generallocalitysearch&columns=*,180,0 Place Search] (Locality) by entering an Australian State as part of Australia: "AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS"
  
The following is an older general guide to the archives and libraries in Australia:  
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The following guide to the National Library is available at the Family History Library:Burmester, C. A., comp. ''National Library of Australia guide to the collections''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1974. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=201099&disp=National+Library+of+Australia&columns=*,0,0 994 A5ca].) ''A Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales.''Numbers 1–30. Sydney, Australia: Archives Authority, 1971–. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=800659&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35gc].)
  
White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. ''Our Heritage.'' O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=423386&disp=Our+heritage&columns=*,0,0 994 J54w].)
 
  
Another guide to the collection:
 
  
Australian Archives. ''Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives''. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.&nbsp; (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=660067&disp=Relations+in+records&columns=*,0,0 994 A3r].)
 
  
If you plan to visit one of these repositories, check their website for information about their collection, hours, services, and fees.
 
  
Most archives have catalogs, inventories, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before visiting an archive so that you can use your time there more effectively. Many of these guides are available at the Family History Library, at public or university libraries, or through interlibrary loan.
 
  
Catalogs, inventories, and periodicals available at the Family History Library are listed at [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=356426&subject_disp=Australia+-+Archives+and+libraries&columns=*,180,0 AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.]
 
  
Additional listings are available by a [http://webview/supermainframeset.asp?display=generallocalitysearch&columns=*,180,0 Place Search] (Locality) by entering an Australian State as part of Australia: "AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS"
 
 
The following guide to the National Library is available at the Family History Library:Burmester, C. A., comp. ''National Library of Australia guide to the collections''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1974. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=201099&disp=National+Library+of+Australia&columns=*,0,0 994 A5ca].) ''A Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales.''Numbers 1–30. Sydney, Australia: Archives Authority, 1971–. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=800659&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35gc].)
 
 
''Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. ''''Number 13, Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales''''''''. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=152873&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35g no. 13].)
 
 
''Provenance Catalogue''. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (Family History Library microfilm [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239122]– [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239123]
 
  
''Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia''. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (Family History Library Call Number [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=577946&disp=Ancestors+in+archives&columns=*,0,0 994.23 A37a].)
 
  
Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. ''The Archives office of Tasmania''. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=568628&disp=The+Archives+Office+of+Tasmania&columns=*,0,0 994.6 D27w])
 
  
Genealogical sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=562773&disp=Genealogical+sources+(Victoria)&columns=*,0,0 994.5/M1 D23g].)
 
  
 
== State and Territory Libraries  ==
 
== State and Territory Libraries  ==
  
State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas.  
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State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas. Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the [http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/libraries Australian Libraries Gateway].&nbsp;
  
 
==== Australia Capitol Territory  ====
 
==== Australia Capitol Territory  ====
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*[http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history ACT Heritage Library]
 
*[http://www.library.act.gov.au/find/history ACT Heritage Library]
  
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A guide is ''Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. '''Number 13, Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales'. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=152873&disp=Concise+guide+to+the+State+Archives+of+N&columns=*,0,0 994.4 A35g no. 13].)
 
New South Wales  
 
New South Wales  
  
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*[http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/ Queensland Government State Archives]
 
*[http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/ Queensland Government State Archives]
  
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A guide is ''Provenance Catalogue''. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (Family History Library microfilm [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239122]– [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=186003&disp=Provenance+catalogue&columns=*,0,0 1239123]
 
==== South Australia  ====
 
==== South Australia  ====
  
 
*[http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/familyhistory/index.html?PHPSESSID=2b447f4d82023a79ae0ea574b32facc0 State Records of South Australia]
 
*[http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/familyhistory/index.html?PHPSESSID=2b447f4d82023a79ae0ea574b32facc0 State Records of South Australia]
  
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A guide is <br> ''Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia''. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (Family History Library Call Number [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=577946&disp=Ancestors+in+archives&columns=*,0,0 994.23 A37a].)
 
==== Tasmania  ====
 
==== Tasmania  ====
  
 
*[http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/ Archives Office of Tasmania]
 
*[http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/ Archives Office of Tasmania]
 
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A guide is Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. ''The Archives office of Tasmania''. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=568628&disp=The+Archives+Office+of+Tasmania&columns=*,0,0 994.6 D27w])
 
==== Victoria  ====
 
==== Victoria  ====
  
 
*[http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/ Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives]
 
*[http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/ Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives]
 
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A guide is Genealogical sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=562773&disp=Genealogical+sources+(Victoria)&columns=*,0,0 994.5/M1 D23g].)
 
==== Western Australia  ====
 
==== Western Australia  ====
  
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*[http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/famhist.html State Library of Western Australia - Family History Service]
 
*[http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/famhist.html State Library of Western Australia - Family History Service]
  
== General Guides ==
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== General Guides ==
  
Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the [http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/libraries Australian Libraries Gateway].&nbsp;
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The following is an older general guide to the archives and libraries in Australia:
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White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. ''Our Heritage.'' O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=423386&disp=Our+heritage&columns=*,0,0 994 J54w].)
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Another guide to the collection:
  
The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:  
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Australian Archives. ''Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives''. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.&nbsp; (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=660067&disp=Relations+in+records&columns=*,0,0 994 A3r].) The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:  
  
 
Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. ''Indexes in Australian libraries''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=769504&disp=Indexes+in+Australian+libraries&columns=*,0,0 994 A3h].)  
 
Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. ''Indexes in Australian libraries''. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (Family History Library Call No. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=769504&disp=Indexes+in+Australian+libraries&columns=*,0,0 994 A3h].)  
  
 
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Australia

Archives collect and preserve original documents from organizations such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books and maps. This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.

Many of these archives and libraries have Web sites listing their e-mail address and services.  Most archives have catalogs  describing their records and how to use them. Some catalogs are online.

Contents

National Archives

The National Archives of Australia holds the records of the Commonwealth government. State Archives hold the records of government for each state. Some Archive web sites include indexes to the material held in that archive eg. immigration, convict records, census, court records, hospitals, divorce, land, patents etc.

National Library of Australia


Most records date back to the 1901 Federation of Australia, but some date back even earlier.

Catalogs, inventories, and periodicals available at the Family History Library are listed at AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.

Additional listings are available by a Place Search (Locality) by entering an Australian State as part of Australia: "AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS"

The following guide to the National Library is available at the Family History Library:Burmester, C. A., comp. National Library of Australia guide to the collections. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1974. (Family History Library Call No. 994 A5ca.) A Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales.Numbers 1–30. Sydney, Australia: Archives Authority, 1971–. (Family History Library Call No. 994.4 A35gc.)






State and Territory Libraries

State and Territory Libraries hold family history collections specialising in resources for their state and a selection of material relating to other areas of Australia and Overseas. Contact information for other libraries in Australia may be found at the Australian Libraries Gateway

Australia Capitol Territory


New South Wales

A guide is Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. 'Number 13, Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales'. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (Family History Library Call No. 994.4 A35g no. 13.) New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

A guide is Provenance Catalogue. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (Family History Library microfilm 12391221239123

South Australia

A guide is
Ancestors in archives: a guide to family history sources in the official records of South Australia. Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: Government of South Australia, 1991. (Family History Library Call Number 994.23 A37a.)

Tasmania

A guide is Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. The Archives office of Tasmania. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (Family History Library Call No. 994.6 D27w)

Victoria

A guide is Genealogical sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (Family History Library Call No. 994.5/M1 D23g.)

Western Australia

General Guides

The following is an older general guide to the archives and libraries in Australia:

White, Olga, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, and Jennifer Nash, comp. Our Heritage. O’Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia: Australian Society of Archivists, 1983. (Family History Library Call No. 994 J54w.)

Another guide to the collection:

Australian Archives. Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.  (Family History Library Call No. 994 A3r.) The following book contains a listing of indexes that are available in Australian libraries:

Henty, Margaret, and Rachel Jakimow. Indexes in Australian libraries. Canberra, Australia: National Library of Australia, 1995. (Family History Library Call No. 994 A3h.)