Category Archives: Archives


One resource that I get particularly good mileage from is the National Library of Australia’s online resource Trove ( Trove is a free online repository of Australian material and includes digitised newspapers, journals, photographs, videos, books and archived websites amongst other valuable resources. Trove currently includes almost 240 million resources for users to browse.

The area of Trove that I tend to access most often is their fantastic online repository of digitised newspapers. Currently this collection includes a range of Australian newspapers published between 1803 – 1954. These newspapers are from right around Australia but are predominantly those from New South Wales and Victoria.

The NLA is continuously adding new newspapers and issues to the website and users can subscribe to an RSS feed to be kept updated on new additions. New additions for the month of April include The Australasian Sketcher (VIC), The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW), The Clarence and Richmond Examiner (NSW), The Empire (NSW), The Gippsland Times (VIC), The Mail (SA), The Observer (TAS) and The Townsville Daily Bulletin (QLD).

It is always worth searching through Trove for death notices, funeral notices and obituaries. I have found many missing puzzle pieces in my own family tree this way.

Obituary for Thomas Power (1843-1929)


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Mapping our Anzacs

Robert Cedric Dorman (1897-1917) - Enlistment Papers

Many of us will have had military history on our minds this week and with that in mind, I thought I should mention a fantastic website developed by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs…

Mapping Our Anzacs is more than a website, it is really an interactive and collaborative online tool for researching those that served in the Australian Army during WWI. The format is quite unique and utilises Google mapping technology to explore our military history in a new way. The site includes over 375,000 service records that became more widely accessible in 2007 when the NAA released online copies of all the records in their B2455 Series i.e. records of those serving in WWI.

The website has a number of facets which is what makes it so interesting. The user can use maps to search for soldiers by their place of birth or place of enlistment. Each location displays an alphabetical listing of all soldiers from that location which the user can then select from to display service records. What makes the website so special is that users can select a person and add their own information to a digital scrapbook which will appear on the website. Users are also encouraged to develop ‘tribute pages’. This is something I plan on doing in the future.

Well worth a look –

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Some useful military resources

Petty Officer James Armstrong & actor Charles "Bud" Tingwell.

Being ANZAC day on the 25th, I have been doing some more research on family members that served in the military. The very useful thing about researching those who have served is that the military keep very thorough records and are also quite mindful of making historical records accessible. I thought I would make a quick list of some websites that I often use in my research…

The AIF Project

Created by ADFA, this database is an invaluable resource that gives quite comprehensive details of over 330,000 Defence members that served overseas in the First Australian Imperial Force 1914-1918.

The Australian War Memorial

Users can search the AWM’s collection for records related to individuals or the units in which they served from 1885-present.

World War II Nominal Roll
A searchable database of those that served in the Australian Defence Forces or Merchant Navy during WWII.
Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918
A comprehensive guide to WWI battles, with a detailed information about European war cemeteries.
Includes a useful database of 1.7 million men and women who served in the Commonwealth Forces in WWI & WWII and details of the 23,000 cemeteries and memorials where they are commemorated.

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50 Years State Records NSW 1961-2011

This year marks the 50th anniversary of State Records NSW (SRNSW). To celebrate, SRNSW will be displaying 50 items from the State Archives Collection covering the time frame from European settlement in 1788 through to the esatblishment of the Archives Authority in 1961.

A list of the items can be found on the SRNSW website –

There are some fascinating inclusions. It is also worth visiting the website to browse some of the other online galleries including some amazing new images just added which document the Bubonic Plague that spread throughout Sydney in 1900, killing over 100 people in 8 months.

The State Records NSW website has been an invaluable source of material while researching my family. Archives Investigator ( is the key online database of the SRNSW. It is a web-based catalogue of records held in the New South Wales State Archives, providing users with an online access point with which to explore the archives of both the SRNSW and the City of Sydney Council.

Archives Investigator contains an extensive list of records. These include shipping and arrival records for both New South Wales and other Australian states from 1788-1922, convict records, naturalisation records from 1834-1903, electoral rolls, police service records, Crown Land records, deceased estate records, selected criminal records, bankruptcy and insolvency records, cemetery records, migration records and extensive indexes of maps and photographs. In addition to this, the database provides access to many local history records including those relating to education, sport, mining, railways, public health, hotels, the Lands Department, roads, water supply, hotels, public buildings, the maritime industry and the offices of the Colonial Architect and Colonial Secretary.

It is also well worth subscribing to the SRNSW Now & Then eNewsletter. It will keep you updated with all the resources, services and events related to the SRNSW –

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