State Records NSW

State Records preserves the official archives of the state of NSW from 1788 to the present. The State's archives are a unique and irreplaceable part of our culture heritage. They document the business of government in New South Wales and its interaction with people and groups in our society.

In addition to the reading room located at Kingswood there is also a reading room located in Sydney at: 2 Globe Street, The Rocks - Telephone: (02) 9673 1788


The collection consists of records of the convict system, such as the First Fleet convict indents and pardons, documents which established our systems of government and justice, such as the Charters of Justice 1787, 1814, and 1823. There are key sources of information about people and life, such as the records of the 1828 and 1901 censuses and records of exploration and land settlement , such as Phillip's 1792 map of Sydney and Sturt's report on his 1838 journey to South Australia. The archives appear in all formats: files; photographs; maps; posters; plans; films; sound recordings; and electronic records.