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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.

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This article describes the major archives and libraries in Australia that hold genealogical and historical information.
Many of these archives and libraries have Websites listing their e-mail address and services.  Most archives have catalogs  describing their records and how to use them. Some catalogs are online. Read Australian family history and genealogy: selected websites for brief descriptions about archives and libraries.

National[edit | edit source]

National Archives of Australia[edit | edit source]

National Archives of Australia
PO Box 7425
Canberra Business Centre
ACT 2610
Tel: 1300 886 881 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3900)
Fax: 1300 886 882 (from overseas: 61 2 6212 3999)

The National Archives holds records of Australian government records of the Federation or Commonwealth 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 collections, but the site contains links to those records. Read Begin Your Journey to get started family history.

National Library of Australia[edit | edit source]

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place
Parkes ACT 2600
Phone: +61 (0)2 6262 1266
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 5081

The National Library is the largest reference library in Australia. Their catalogue is online. Use eResources to locate indexes, full-text ejournals, websites and guides. Frequently asked questions for family historians explain about the records there.

State and Territory Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

ACT Heritage Library[edit | edit source]

ACT Heritage Library
Email act.heritage.library@act.gov.au
Phone +61 2 6207 5163
Fax +61 2 6207 5835

The two links below will allow you to download lists of historic marriages or deaths.

New South Wales[edit | edit source]

The State Records Authority of New South Wales[edit | edit source]

The State Records Authority of New South Wales
Email info@records.nsw.gov.au
Phone +61 2 9673 1788

The State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service[edit | edit source]

State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Phone +61 2 9273 1414

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. (FHL book 994.4 A35g no. 13.)

Northern Territory[edit | edit source]

The Northern Territories Archives Service[edit | edit source]

Northern Territory Archives Service
Northern Territory Archives Service
PO Box 1347
Nightcliff NT 0814
Phone - general inquiries: (08) 8924 7677
Phone - reference inquiries: (08) 8999 6890
Fax: (08) 8924 7660
E-mail: ntac@nt.gov.au

The Northern Territory Library[edit | edit source]

Northern Territory Library
Darwin NT 0800
Australia
Phone: +61 8 8999 7117

Queensland[edit | edit source]

The Queensland Government State Archives[edit | edit source]

Queensland Government State Archives
435 Compton Road
Runcorn, Queensland 4113
Telephone: (07) 3131 7777
Facsimile: (07) 3131 7764
Email: info@archives.qld.gov.au

The State Library of Queensland[edit | edit source]

Stanley Place
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: +61 7 3840 7666

A guide is Provenance Catalogue. Queensland State Archives. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981. (FHL film 12391221239123.)

South Australia[edit | edit source]

The State Records of South Australia[edit | edit source]

State Records of South Australia
115 Cavan Road
Gepps Cross SA 5094
Phone: +61 8 8204 8791
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State Library of South Australia[edit | edit source]

State Library of South Australia - Family History Service and Collection
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8207 7250

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. (FHL book 994.23 A37a.)

Tasmania[edit | edit source]

The Archives Office of Tasmania[edit | edit source]

Archives Office of Tasmania
Address: 91 Murray St.
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
E-mail:wlinc@education.tas.gov.au

The State Library of Tasmania[edit | edit source]

1 Civic Square
Launceston TAS 7250
Phone:+61 3 6336 2642

A guide is Watson, Lilian, and Neil Chick. The Archives office of Tasmania. Research Note Series Number 7. Tasmania: Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1986. (FHL book 994.6 D27w.)

Victoria[edit | edit source]

The Public Records Office - Victoria's Archives[edit | edit source]

Public Record Office - Victoria's Archives
112 Macaulay Road
99 Shiel St
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Phone:+61 3 9348 5600

The State Library of Victoria[edit | edit source]

State Library of Victoria - Genealogists and Family Historians
328 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:03 8664 7000

A guide is Genealogical Sources. Victoria, Australia: Public Record Office, 1984. (FHL book 994.5/M1 D23g.)

Western Australia[edit | edit source]

The State Records of Western Australia[edit | edit source]

State Records of Western Australia
James St
Perth WA 6000
Phone:+61 8 9427 3600

The State Library of Western Australia[edit | edit source]

State Library of Western Australia - Family History Service
Address: 25 Francis St
Perth WA 6000
Phone: +61 8 9427 3111

Department of Justice : Births, Deaths and Marriages - Family History

Family and Local History Societies[edit | edit source]

Australia Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. promotes and encourages the study of genealogy, heraldry, family history and allied subjects throughout Australia and to assist members and others in genealogical research.

Family History and Historical Societies in Australia lists family history organizations that are helpful to researchers.


University Archives[edit | edit source]


Other Archives[edit | edit source]

Another major source of archival material is Newspapers. Australian newspapers all have archives of important events in the past. The following WIKIPEDIA website provides a list of Australian newspapers:

Newspapers in Australia

General Guides to Archives[edit | edit source]

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. (FHL book 994 J54w.)
  • Australian Archives. Relations in records: a Guide to Family History Sources in the Australian Archives. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988.  (FHL book 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. (FHL book 994 A3h.)

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has other guides. Call numbers for these can be found in the library's catalog by using the Place Search for:

AUSTRALIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Australian Capitol Territory[edit | edit source]

Heraldry & Gen. Soc. Of Canberra
Cook Community Hub
41 Templeton St
Cook, ACT 2614

New South Wales[edit | edit source]

Bathurst Library
70-78 Keppel St
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Botany Bay Family History Society Inc
Port Hacking Community Hall
184 Gannons Rd (South)
Caringbah, NSW 2229
Casino & District Family History Group
School of Arts Building, Rm 5
Walker St
Casino, NSW 2470
Coffs Harbour Dist. Family History Society
169 Rose Avenue
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Cooma Library
61 Vale Street
Cooma, NSW 2630
Dubbo & District Family History Society Inc.
Corner Gipps & Wingerwarra Streets
Ground floor
Dubbo, NSW 
Central Coast Family History Society
8 Russell Drysdale St
East Gosford, NSW 2250
Maitland and Beyond Family History Inc.
17 Lindesay St
East Maitland, NSW 2323
Great Lakes Library Service
Main Library
Breese Parade
Forster, NSW 2428
Richmond-Tweed Regional Library
6 Centenary Drive
Goonellabah, NSW 2480
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society
799 Pacific Highway
Gordon, NSW 2072
Inverell District Family History Group Inc.
129 - 135 Otho Street
Inverell, NSW 2360
Kiama Library New South Wales

Kiama, NSW 2533
Liverpool City Library
Cnr Hume Hwy & Congressional Dr
Liverpool, NSW 2170
Moruya & District Historical Society Inc
85 Campbell St
Moruya, NSW 2537
Moruya and District Historical Society Inc
85 Campbell Street
Moruya, NSW 2537
MWRC Library Service
64 Market Street
Mudgee, NSW 2850
Central West Libraries
Civic Square
147 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800
Port Macquarie-Hasting Library
Cnr Gordon & Grant Streets
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Society of Australian Genealogists
379 Kent Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Port Stephens Family History Society Inc

Tanilba, NSW 2319
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Family Research Group
Masonic Centre, 3/209 Myall Street
Tea Gardens, NSW 2324
Tweed Gold Coast F. H. & H. A.
South Tweed Sports Club
2 Minjungbal Dr
Tweed Heads South, NSW 2486
Hawkesbury City Library
300 George St
Windsor, NSW 2756
Wyong Family History Group Inc
6 Rankens Court
The Cottage - WCC Center
Wyong, NSW 2259
Young & District Family History Group Inc.
2 Campbell St
Young, NSW 2594

Northern Territory[edit | edit source]

Genealogical Soc of the Northern Territory Inc
84 Smith St
Darwin City, NT 

Queensland[edit | edit source]

Tablelands Regional Council -Atherton Library
16 Robert Street
Atherton, QLD 4883
Barcaldine Library
71 Ash Street
Barcaldine, QLD 4725
Caloundra Family History Research Inc
Sunshine Coast Turf Club
Pierce Ave Gate 2
Caloundra, QLD 4551
Queensland Family History Society Inc
58 Bellevue Ave
Gaythorne, QLD 4051
Genealogical Society Gladstone District. Inc
The George Young Building
Francis Ward Dr, Barney Point
Gladstone, QLD 4680
Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society
452 South Street
Harristown, QLD 4350
Innisfail Lib of the Cassowary Coast Reg Council
70 Rankin Street
Innisfail, QLD 4860
Logan Central Library
26 Wilbur St
Logan Central, QLD 4114
Cairns & District Family History Society

Cairns 20-30 Hartley St Cairns
Manunda, QLD 4870
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Inc
164 Richmond St
Maryborough, QLD 4650
Genealogy Sunshine Coast
Petrie Park Rd
Nambour, QLD 4560
Gold Coast Family History Society Inc
Bicentennial Building
Nerang/Southport Road
Nerang, QLD 4211
Whitsunday Family History Group, Inc.
36 Gardenia Street
Proserpine, QLD 4800
Genealogical Society of Queensland
25 Stackpole Street
Wishart, QLD 4122

South Australia[edit | edit source]

South Australia Genealogy & Heraldry Soc. Inc.

Adelaide, SA 5001

Victoria[edit | edit source]

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc
1/41 Railway Road
Blackburn, VIC 
Co. As. It. Italian Association of Assistance
44 University St
Carlton, VIC 
Australian Jewish Genealogical Society
Makor Jewish Community Library
306 Hawthorn Road
Caulfield South, VIC 3162
Cobram Genealogical Group Inc.
Old School House
Punt Road
Cobram, VIC 3644
Wyndham City Libraries
Plaza Library
Corner of Derrimut and Heaths Roads
Hoppers Crossing, VIC 3030
Genealogical Society Of Victoria
Genealogical Society of Victoria
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Stawell Biarri Grp for Gen. Inc.

Stawell, VIC 3380
Swan Hill Regional Library
53 Campbell Street
Swan Hill, VIC 3585

Western Australia[edit | edit source]

Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc.
29 Ivanhoe Street
Bassendean, WA 6054
Busselton Family History Society Inc.
1st Floor, Busselton
Community Resource Centre
Busselton, WA 6280
Esperance Family History Society

Esperance, WA 6450
Mandurah Family History Society Inc
Cnr 3rd Ave & The Mandurah Library Rd
Mandurah, WA 6210