Research guides

The National Archives has put together detailed research guides to help you find relevant records in our collection.

We also have several books on finding records.

The 27 guides in our research guide series cover:

  • immigration – British, Chinese, Jewish, child
  • foreign relations – with Japan, Indonesia
  • colonial administration – Papua New Guinea
  • military history – HMAS Sydney, Boer War, Japanese war crimes
  • First Australians
  • family history
  • other topics

The 7 guides in the National Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers series provide:

  • short biographies
  • extensive archival listings on 12 former prime ministers

Access the research guides

The best way to access copies of our research guides is to download one from the links below.

Buy hard copy research guides

We have a limited selection of research guides available in hard copy. To buy a guide:

  • visit our online shop
  • call 02 6212 3609 and order over the phone
  • send a letter to Publication Sales, PO Box 4924, Kingston ACT 2604

Research guides