State Records NSW eNewsletter
Issue 80, November 2016
News & Events
Crowds going to Watson's Bay to see the American Fleet, Sydney NSW, 1908
Our new exhibition

Windows into Wartime is our new exhibition to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. The exhibition presents a selection of images produced by the NSW Government Printing Office Photographic Branch during and immediately after the Great War.

Open until 9 September 2017, Western Sydney Records Centre, as well as a separate regional tour (see details in our Events section below).

Find out more about Windows into Wartime, and see an abridged online version of the exhibition.

Our new website

Since our last issue of Now&Then, our online presence has changed with a new website. The new site was developed in response to client feedback and to address the need for the site to be ‘responsive’ (useable on tablets and other mobile devices).
As part of our planning, we intended to introduce new elements of the site and gradually migrate content from our old site. During the implementation of the new site, we experienced significant technical difficulties which required us to load content quickly on to the new site. As a result, some of our services, such as our online indexes, were temporarily unavailable. These have now been restored and we are continuing to work to improve the way content is structured on the site.
We know that our name and place indexes are one of the much loved and most used areas of our site. We have undertaken considerable work to group together like indexes based on subjects such as immigration & shipping, and we are pleased to let you know that our new look online indexes are now available.
We also know that ordering a copy of a document from our indexes should be easy to do. We are working hard on improving this aspect of our service and we thank you for your patience and ongoing support as this work is undertaken.
As our work progresses, we will be welcoming you to easier ways of accessing the State archives collection online and, as always, we welcome your feedback on the website and our services more broadly.
If you haven’t yet used our website, a good starting point is our how to use the website page for helpful tips.
Spotlight: Royal Botanic Gardens bicentenary

The date traditionally used to signify the birth of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, is 13 June 1816, the day Mrs Macquarie's Road was completed. We hold a number of records relating to the Gardens’ history over the past 200 years. Some of these have been highlighted and discussed in celebration of the bicentenary of the Gardens' foundation.

See a selection of records relating to the Royal Botanic Gardens (in stories tab)
New look Now&Then

Issue 80 sees Now&Then have a face-lift and a migration to the new email-friendly format.

'N&T' was first published as a bi-monthly electronic newsletter on our website from April 2003, as well as being sent out in email form with identical content.

The new 2016 format includes brief summaries of news content with links to further information and images. Much of that content is now searchable as 'stories' on our new website, where PDF copies of past N&T issues are also available to view.
New Regional Archives Centre at Bowral
We are very pleased to welcome the newest member of our network of Regional Archives Centres,at Wingecarribee Public library, Bowral.  It is the lucky seventh member of the network, joining existing Regional Archives Centres in Armidale, Broken Hill, Newcastle (x2), Wagga Wagga, and Wollongong.
The archives collection holds over 750 archives from Wingecarribee’s predecessor Councils including rate books dating back to 1886, infectious diseases registers, and burial documents. In addition State archives from Bundanoon School have recently been transferred from the Western Sydney Records Centre and there are plans to add to the collection over time.

The Regional Archives Centre is located in the Local Studies Room which is upstairs in the Old Bowral Town Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral and can be accessed between 2pm-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For enquiries please phone 1300 266 235 or email at
Above: Inspecting some Bundanoon School and Council archives at the Local Studies Room in Bowral, are (L-R) Wendy Gallagher, Manager Archives Control, State Records NSW, with Sandra Croker, Library Coordinator, Roxanne Seaward, Information Services Librarian, and Billie Arnull, Library Assistant from Wingecarribee Public Library.
Christmas/New Year opening hours

Changes to opening hours for our reading room at the Western Sydney Records Centre over the holiday period are as follows:

Saturday 24 December 2016 - Monday 2 January 2017

OPEN 9am-4pm:
Tuesday 3 January - Friday 6 January 2017
(usually 9am-5pm)

OPEN 10am-4pm:
Saturday 7 January 2017

Normal opening hours will resume 9 January 2017

Image: Section of Christmas card in NRS 13495, 893/1953
New Online
Crowds going to Watson's Bay to see the American Fleet, Sydney NSW, 1908
NSW Anzac Centenary website - new pages

As part of our Centenary of Anzac program, we have added the following pages to our NSW Anzac Centenary website on key World War I topics: Image: Gun in position at Central Railway Station by Eddy Avenue. DIGITAL ID: 17420_a014_a014001455
Convicts' applications to marry - online index updated

A total of 1,999 items have recently been added to our online index to Convict Applications to Marry, 1826-1851. The additions cover the period January 1838 to March 1841. This was taken from NRS 12212 Registers of convicts' applications to marry, 20 Dec 1825 - 26 February 1851, [4/4510].

This is an ongoing volunteer project. Additional items will be added to the index as they progressively become available.
Land & Property Information - changes to products & services

Fee-based products and services
From 1 July 2016, Land & Property Information (LPI) discontinued its Spatial Information eXchange (SIX) portal and Online Shop, meaning fee-based searches and copies of documents (including ordering copies of Crown Plans) now need to be done through authorised information brokers.

Free products and services
SIX Maps remains a free resource providing access to cadastral and topographic information, satellite data and aerial photography (including 1943 images of Metropolitan Sydney). Other free online land title products and services are available on the revamped LPI Online Services portal, particularly in the 'Find Records' section.

The free resource most commonly used by Now&Then readers is the Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV), which is accessible online through the LPI Online Services portal, as well as in our Reading Room, where digitised crown plans can be viewed exclusively free of charge. Other digitised records which can be now viewed from home via the HLRV are listed on the LPI website.

Read more about changes at Land and Property Information.
Find & Connect: updated site + new content

Find & Connect brings together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia. You can use it to:
  • Read information about and view images of children's Homes
  • Get help to find records about your childhood in ‘care’
  • Connect with support groups and services in your state/territory
The Find & Connect web resource has recently been updated and had new features added, including an interactive timeline, and an induction pack to help with using the site.

Read more about the changes to Find & Connect.
Crowds going to Watson's Bay to see the American Fleet, Sydney NSW, 1908
Flickr update

Check out the selection of new images we've added to our Flickr page. They include: Image: Burwood Girls High School [Burwood Domestic Science School] - cleaning bathroom 1930. DIGITAL ID: 15051_a047_002113
New Onsite
New records

Two new record series have recently been added to our collection: 
  • NRS 20984 Meeting minutes [NSW Aborigines Advisory Council], 1971-1976
  • NRS 19149 Kosciusko National Park huts log books, 31/08/1950 - 04/03/2011 [160 items; note: items dated within 30 years back from today's date are closed]
These records can be viewed in our reading room.
New reading room resources

A recent addition to our reading room finding aids is the Index to the Board of Health Salary Registers 1895-1913. This resource, compiled by Kaye Vernon and Billie Jacobsen, is available on CD-Rom at the reference desk.

This index draws on State Records NSW record series NRS 610 Salary registers, 1895-1913, [3/5620],[3/5621] and part of [3/5622], and is useful for searching for staff who were employed by the Board of Health, including those who worked at hospitals, from nurses to ratcatchers. The original records show monthly payments made to Board members and staff under the control of the Board.

Image: NRS 4481, ST5626, Greycliffe Babies Hospital, group of staff on the lawn, Dec 1914
Featured upcoming talk:

Windows into Wartime:
Exhibition walk & talk

Join our exhibition curator, Dr Penny Stannard and Senior Conservator, Elizabeth Hadlow, as they give an insight into our latest exhibition and an exclusive behind the scenes tour. See how our images were produced and learn about the themes we explore in the exhibition – from the Red Cross to the Spanish flu.

This is a special free event with complimentary morning tea. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Tuesday 29 November

10.30am to 12 noon
Western Sydney Records Centre
161 O’Connell Street, Kingswood

To book  your place, email
Windows into Wartime:
Regional Tour

Our new exhibition, Windows into Wartime, will also tour to regional centres starting in Broken Hill, followed by Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Armidale and Wollongong.

See dates for other regional locations.

11 November 2016
11 March 2017
Broken Hill City Library

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