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About State Records NSW

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State Records NSW is a statutory body established by the State Records Act 1998. The Act provides for the creation, management and protection of the records of public offices of the State and for public access to those records.

The purpose of preserving the State archives collection is to make the records available to enrich the lives of people and communities, in NSW and beyond. Beyond their cultural value, archives help people to establish personal or family identity and entitlements.

Access to the State archives collection is possible through our reading room, website, and 41 physical sites located across NSW.

In the reading room our staff provide expert and professional advice on all aspects of research, guidance on likely sources and the availability of material held in the State archives collection. Access to uncopied records is provided in our reading room. We also provide email and telephone enquiry services for information about the collection and how to use it.


The State archive collection encompasses the founding documents of New South Wales, dating from the arrival of the First Fleet on 26 January 1788 up until the present. This dynamic collection of records now over 70 kilometres - reflects the diversity of the State’s activities as reflected through its official records.Many of the most popular records are accessible at an individual name level through our suite of online indexes.

Find more about State Records NSW and our holdings and indexes on our website

Other services

State Records’ Outreach Program provides an extensive range of talks, tours and seminars, on specific research topics, local areas and on how to access and use the collection. See our current list of events here


Now&Then our eNewsletter provides up-to-date information about new research tools and resources, services and seminars, exhibitions and other activities taking place at State Records.

State Records NSW records online

State Records NSW has partnered with FindMyPast to publish online some of its most popular records. You can read more about these records sets by selecting each option from the list on the left-hand side of this page. Further records will be added in due course.