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New South Wales - Archival Collection

New South Wales State Archives Collection (1788 - )

Alternative Names
  • NSW State Archives Collection (also known as)

The New South Wales State Archives Collection dates from 1788 and is managed by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. It contains records created and used by the New South Wales State Government. In this collection, there are records relating to state wards, child welfare, children's institutions, disability services, child and youth migration, juvenile justice and adoption.


Access Conditions

Access to records held by the New South Wales State Records Authority varies depending on the organisation or individual who created the records, and the kind of information in the records.


The NSW State Archives Collection is organised into Series or 'groups' of records, then Items or 'individual' records. The types of records include paper files and documents, correspondence, film, photographs, sound recordings, objects, books and much more.

Finding Aids

In the Find & Connect web resource, there are some entries about record series in the NSW State Archives Collection that relate to children's institutions, child welfare, adoption, juvenile justice and other relevant areas.

The State Records Authority of NSW website also has resources, including indexes, factsheets and finding aids, to help users find records in the Collection.



Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'About State Records', in State Archives & Records, State Records Authority of New South Wales, c. 2014,

Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels