Australia Archives and Libraries
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.
The National Library 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. Most records date back to the 1901 Federation of Australia, but some are earlier.
State and Territory Archives and 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
- State Records - New South Wales
- ACT Heritage Library
- State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service
A guide is Concise Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales. No. 13 in the Guide to the State Archives of New South Wales series. Sydney, Australia: The Authority, 1969. (Family History Library Call No. 994.4 A35g no. 13.)
- State Records of South Australia
- State Library of South Australia - Family History Service and Collection
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.)
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)
- Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives
- State Library of Victoria - Genealogists and Family Historians
A guide is Genealogical Sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (Family History Library Call No. 994.5/M1 D23g.)
Printed guides may be helpful in locating family history material.
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.)
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.) 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"