Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes Australia's major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources.
PO Box 7425
Canberra Business Centre
The National Archives holds records of Australian government records of the Federation or Commonweath since in 1901; Commonwealth people; and the High Court. RecordSearch describes over 7.7 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies. Reading rooms are in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin.
A step-by-step guide to research at the National Archives is available. More than 200 fact sheets about their records are available online. Family history records are not in their collection, but the site contains links to those records. Read Begin Your Journey to get started family history.
National Library of Australia
The National Library maintains a website that lists selected websites for Australian Family History and Genealogy: http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html.
- AustraliaGenWeb Project: http://www.australiagenweb.org/
- Convicts to Australia: http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/index.html, http://members.iinet.net.au/%7Eperthdps/convicts/index.html
- Births, Marriages and Deaths http://www.coraweb.com.au/bdmaut.html
- Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 to 1954
- Obituaries: http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot.au/index.html