NSW State Archives eNewsletter - ISSUE 119 August 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the following newsletter may contain names and images of people who have passed away.

Bankruptcy Files Copy Service available

We are delighted to announce that 30,000 bankruptcy files are now available for copying via our online Copy Service.  

Bankruptcy is a state in which a person is unable to pay creditors and is required to undergo a legal process that usually results in liquidation of their estate to meet expenses. Bankruptcy files contain lists of creditors that the bankrupt person owed money to and debtors that owed money to the bankrupt person. The files also include receipts and invoices that document the minute detail of daily life. The bankrupt person also provides a statement about why they became bankrupt. 

To purchase a copy of a file go to the Online Index, type in the name of the person you are looking for and then click on “details” at the far right of the screen. This will bring up the full catalogue record, at the top right you will see a shopping cart. Click on the shopping cart and follow the prompts to purchase a copy of the file.

Find a file and order your copies today!

Hands-on tour of the Archives

We house one of the oldest and most significant collections of government archives in the country.

For History Week 2022, join us for a tour of our Western Sydney Records Centre for a hands-on view of the State Archives Collection.

Visit the Conservation Lab, and see some treasured highlights of our Collection. Don't forget to bring your walking shoes!

Registration required (free).

Reading Room closed - Saturday 17 September 2022

Please note that our Reading Room at the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC) will be closed to the public on Saturday 17 September.

This is so that our team can carry out some technical upgrades. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Please check our website for updates.

Save the date: Sydney Open

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November 2022

For one weekend in November, unlock the doors of historically significant, architecturally inspiring, contemporary and secret spaces usually off-limits to the general public across the CBD and Greater Sydney.  

Tickets for Sydney Open released in late September!  

Find out more.

Image: © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.


Flickr album - dogs!

In honour of International Dog Day which was on Friday 26 August, enjoy this glimpse of some of the dogs featured in images from our Collection.

Browse through more of our amazing Flickr albums.


2019-20 NSW bushfires gallery


Over 240 consecutive days from July 2019 to 2 March 2020, a series of catastrophic bushfires raged throughout eastern New South Wales (NSW). Approximately 5,520,000 hectares of land – urban, farm and bush – were burnt, representing approximately 7 per cent of the total area of NSW. The fires destroyed 2,476 homes, and there was immense loss of wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Tragically, 26 lives were lost, including six firefighters.

Nationally, in a fire season that affected all of Australia, a total of 34 people died, including nine firefighters.

Our new online gallery is a record of those traumatic eight months. The images are drawn from public submissions made to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry, and from its published report.

Image: © (Anonymous) Submission 0027.


Unrealised Sydney

Unrealised Sydney presents a fascinating insight into the future of our city as it was imagined in the past. 

Explore a selection of ambitious, shapeshifting and radical visions for some of Sydney’s key precincts created by leading architects and developers from the post-World War II era to the 2000s. Though never realised, these schemes – shown through a range of plans, designs, models, sketches and documentary footage – form a rich part of Sydney’s story.

The exhibition focuses on the story of eight precincts, including The Rocks, Woolloomooloo and Macquarie Street. Characterised by complex urban, political and community forces, the unbuilt proposals for these sites will allow visitors to imagine what Sydney might have been.

Open until 13 November 2022 at the Museum of Sydney. Entry is free.

Upcoming Q&A webinar

We've been undertaking a large digitisation project of at-risk material in the State Archives Collection, and now we're talking to you about it in a live Q&A session!

Find out about the glass plate negatives depicting life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, our digitised insolvency files, and our school files.

Submit your questions between Monday 30 August and Monday 12 September, and make sure you register for the event. 

What's now digitised on the website? live Q&A
Friday 16 September 2022

Register for more of our webinars!


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Western Sydney Records Centre
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Kingswood, NSW 2747

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