This Subjects A–Z listing directs you to guides, indexes, articles and webinars on popular research topics. You can search individual indexes related to a topic here. Search all the indexes at once in the State Archives catalogue.

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Architecture & design

Records from the Colonial (Government) Architect; photos of public buildings in NSW, hospital buildings records relating to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House

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Inmate records for the Infirm and Destitute Asylums and where to find them


Bankruptcy & insolvency

Insolvency - inability to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities Bankruptcy - similar but also involves the sequestration of a person's assets when they are unable to meet the demands of creditors

Births, deaths & marriages

Please visit the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website for copies of birth, death and marriage certificates registered in NSW and NSW historical BDM indexes.

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Bubonic plague

A record of the Bubonic Plague that hit in Sydney of the early 20th century

Business & company records


Census & musters

Population muster and census records, 1788-1901

Child care & protection

Records and indexes relating to child care and protection; child / youth migration from the UK; Randwick Asylum; Scheyville Training Farm

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Colonial Secretary

The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of information on all aspects of the history of the Colony and the State of NSW

Conservation & preservation

Conservation treatments and tips, including caring for your family photos


How do you know if there was a convict in your family? Find out where to start and how to research our vast selection of convict resources including transportation records, assignment, tickets of leave, pardons & more

Courts (Higher)

Court of Quarter Sessions, the District Court and Supreme Court

Courts (Lower)

Bench of Magistrates, Governors Court, Justices of the Peace, Vice Admiralty Court

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Deceased estates

Sources in our collection that relate to divorce and procedures for accessing Divorce Case Papers


Female factory

A brief historical overview of the Female Factory and a list of the main record series

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First Nations

Resources to help you access archives relating to First Nations people


Gaol inmates & prisoners
Getting started

Find out where to start your online research using the NSW State archives and and how to prepare for a visit to the reading room.



Immigration & shipping

Find the key records and indexes for passengers 1788-1922

Inquests & coronial inquiries

Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of death, fires


Local history

We have number of resources to help you trace the history of a place (rather than focusing on individuals)


Military & war


Norfolk Island
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Probates and wills

Records in a Probate packet include the last will and testament


Railways & railway workers

Access railway records, including employment, locomotives, photos, plans


Schools & education
Sydney Opera House

Records cover all aspects of the Sydney Opera House, from design and planning, construction, contracts and specifications, the official opening and later productions, and the management of the House




Women in the records

Highlighting several areas, or 'gateways', for researching on women in the State archives