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This select index, compiled by Joan Reese, Linda Bowman and Aileen Trinder, indexes the Colonial Secretary's main series of letters received for the years 1826-1896. The Colonial Secretary was the pre-eminent figure in public life during much of the 19th Century. The papers of this office are among the most valuable sources of information on all aspects of the history of the Colony and the State of NSW.
This is not a name index to letters but a subject listing of bundles. The letters in this series are numerically arranged by number in the years 1826-1832 and 1850-1982. Between 1833 and 1849 the letters are arranged in writer/subject bundles.
Arranged by name and subject this is the most comprehensive index of early NSW settlement
Tips and techniques for researching the records of the Colonial Secretary, whose office was a central point of contact and records relating to the administration of the colony of NSW
We suggest you use these record series lists (NRS 898 and NRS 906) if you are looking for a particular subject as some papers on important matters were extracted from the main series and became special bundles
The long history of the Office of the Colonial (later Chief) Secretary, and its close association with all aspects of the administration of NSW, meant that it was responsible for the creation of records of major importance to all researchers
The Colonial Secretary's Office was a central point of contact for many people in the 19th century. This webinar provides some tips and techniques for researching the records of the Colonial Secretary