NSW State Archives eNewsletter - ISSUE 114 March 2022

Colonial Secretary's Papers 1788-1825

We are delighted to announce that the Colonial Secretary's Papers 1788-1825 Index now includes digitised copies of the 80,000 documents listed. These have been made available as a result of our partnership with The index is one of the most valuable and comprehensive sources of information on the early settlement of NSW. It is arranged by surname and subject and is available to search via the Online Index and in our catalogue, Collection Search. These received and sent letters include anything to do with the Colonial administration of the day, for example:

  • Petitions by convicts for mitigation of their sentences
  • Requests for permission to marry
  • Memorials attesting to the worthy character of potential settlers
  • Applications for land grants or leases
  • Reports on official visits
  • Information about court cases and lists of assigned servants

Search these amazing records today!


Researcher found her photo

We love to hear your research stories, especially when you or your family appear in the archives!

Read the story of Kathleen, who found herself in a school photo from series NRS 15051 Photographic collection.

Colonial Secretary's papers 1788-1825 webinar

In this recorded webinar, find out how to search and view copies of the recently-added 80,000 documents, from the Colonial Secretary's Papers 1788-1825, in our online catalogue!


Upcoming webinar

You can find a wealth of information about 19th and early 20th century military personnel in the NSW State Archives Collection, from regimental orders to details of public servants who served in the military and information about the soldiers settlement blocks they held when they came home.

This webinar will introduce you to some of these sources.

Researching your military ancestors at NSW State Archives webinar
Friday 8 April 2022

Register for more of our 2022 webinars!


Commonwealth Jubilee - Flickr

Check out this new Flickr album we put together, grouping some images of floats in the 1951 Commonwealth Jubilee parade held in Sydney.

Check out the album now.


Archives on Tour - Ulladulla School Records

Our Archives on Tour - School Records program has wrapped up, and we are excited to share our page for the Ulladulla/Milton area.

Check out the range of records sampled as part of the webinar, and watch the recorded webinar yourself!


The remarkable Margaret Catchpole

Read the story told by Sydney Living Museums of Margaret Catchpole, a Suffolk countrywoman turned Hawkesbury midwife; twice sentenced to death and twice reprieved; transported to New South Wales in 1801 and transformed after her death into a romantic literary heroine.

Stories from the Archives

Nah Doongh was among the first generation of Aboriginal children to grow up in a colonized land.

Born in 1800 in the Country south-east of Penrith, she remembered life before invasion, lived through immense change, and died some time in the late 1890s.

With the help of friend and fellow historian, Worimi man Professor John Maynard, Historian Grace Karskens sets out to recover Nah Doongh’s lost voice - hidden between the lines of white colonial records - in this ABC The History Listen episode.


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