Guides to the collection – Fact sheet 116
The National Archives has two series of guides to assist researchers to find relevant records in our collection. Several of our books also offer advice on finding records.
Twenty–two guides in our Research Guide series cover a broad range of topics. These include guides on immigration (British, Chinese, Jewish, child), foreign relations (with Japan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea), military history (HMAS Sydney, Boer War) and various other topics.
Six guides in the Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers series provide short biographies and extensive archival listings on 11 former prime ministers.
You can browse and purchase copies of our research guides from our online shop, or download them for free from the links below. Orders can be placed by phoning (02) 6212 3609 or contacting Publication Sales, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610.
- Chinese Immigrants and Chinese-Australians in NSW, by Julie Stacker and Peri Stewart, revised 1997, 80pp.
- Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91, by Peter Nagle and Richard Summerrell, revised 1997, 92pp.
- The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records, by Richard Summerrell, revised 1999, 191pp.
- Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections, by Peter Nagle, 1998, 136pp.
- Royalty and Australian Society: Records relating to the British Monarchy held in Canberra, by Kate Cumming, 1998, 210pp.
- Parliament House Canberra, 1927: Records relating to the Design, Construction and Opening of the Provisional Parliament House, by Gay Hogan, revised 2003, 74pp.
- More People Imperative: Immigration to Australia, 1901–39, by Dr Michele Langfield, 1999, 236pp.
- Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records, by Celia Blake, revised 2003, 76pp.
- The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902, by Craig Wilcox, 1999, 94pp.
- Citizenship in Australia: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records, by David Dutton, 1999, 114pp.
- Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia, by Barry Coldrey, 1999, 220pp.
- Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia, by Malcolm Turnbull, 1999, 170pp.
- Cockatoo Island Dockyard: A Guide to the Records, by Margaret Chambers, 2000, 252pp.
- Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records, by Dan Midalia, 2000, 182pp.
- Working for the Dole: Commonwealth Relief during the Great Depression, by Don Fraser, 2001, 116pp.
- Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia, by Karl Metcalf, 2001, 205pp.
- Sound Recordings in the National Archives, by Helen Cross and Margaret Chambers, 2001, 125pp.
- A Nation’s Imagination: Australia's Copyright Records, 1854–1968, by Merilyn Minell, 2003, 147pp.
- Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives, by Peter Nagle, 2003, 251pp.
- Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners: Records on Australia and the Japanese, by Pam Oliver, 2004, 288pp.
- Chinese–Australian Journeys: Records on Travel, Migration, and Settlement, 1860–1975, by Paul Jones, 2005, 286pp.
- Commonwealth government records about the Northern Territory, by Ted Ling, 2011, 291pp.
- Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania, by Michael Piggott 2014, 230pp.
- Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia, by Sara King, 2013
- Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory, by Ted Ling, 2013, 261pp.
- Land of Opportunity: Australia's post-war reconstruction, by Graeme Powell with Stuart Macintyre, 2015.
Guides to archives of Australia's prime ministers
Our First Six: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Susan Marsden and Roslyn Russell, 2002 (describes collections relating to prime ministers Barton, Deakin, Watson, Reid, Fisher and Cook)
Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by John Connor, 2003
Joseph Lyons: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Susan Marsden, 2002
John Curtin: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by David Black and Lesley Wallace, 2004
Harold Holt: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Pennie Pemberton, 2003
Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Elizabeth Masters and Katie Wood, 2012
Gough Whitlam: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers, by Jenny Hocking with Clare Land, Natasha Campo and Sarah Taylor, 2016
Other useful references
In the Interest of National Security: Civilian Internment in Australia during World War II by Klaus Neumann, National Archives of Australia, 2006
Tracking Family: A Guide to Aboriginal Records Relating to the Northern Territory, National Archives of Australia, 2015
Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists, compiled by Margaret Chambers, National Archives of Australia in association with Hale and Iremonger, 1998, 344pp.
walata tyamateetj: A guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria, by Richard Broome, Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia, Melbourne, 2014, 87pp.