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ArchivesSearch is our online catalogue of all the records in our collection. Only 3% of our collection is available for viewing online. However, if you find the record you are looking for, and it’s not available online, you can order a copy. For tips on how to use our catalogue, please view the ArchivesSearch Help Guide (PDF, 2.9MB).


Indexes are lists of names and other information that we have transcribed from a selection of registers (lists) in our collection. Indexes only include a small portion of the names mentioned in the archives, so although they are good place to start your research, you may need to do a more extensive search in the ArchivesSearch catalogue.

Search the indexes by choosing an index category below. Enter the name of the person you are looking for and other relevant information (if you have it) under ‘Search by’. If you see a “See image” link in you search results, click on the link to view the archival record online. If your results show an “Add to cart” option, this means you cannot see the record online, but you can order a copy of the record. Click on “Add to cart” to pay for the order and add delivery details.

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For help with searching, see Start your research. You can also find more information on the records we hold by exploring our collection.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Our records contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples now deceased. Terms found in the records reflect the period in which they were created. As such, some words and descriptions may be culturally insensitive.

Last updated
14 May 2018
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