New South Wales

New South Wales

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Address

National Archives NSW Office
120 Miler Road
Chester Hill

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Hours

  • Mon–Tue Closed
  • Wed–Fri 9am–4.30pm
  • Sat–Sun Closed

Phone

02 9782 4900

The collection in Sydney

The oldest document in the National Archives’ collection held in Sydney is a Deed of Title signed on 1 May 1804 by Governor Philip Gidley King. The deed allows the allotment of land in Pitts Row (now Pitt Street) to be transferred to Matthew Kearns for 14 years. This site later became the ‘Pitt Street Extension’ of the Sydney General Post Office.

Other highlights of the collection include:

  • New South Wales post office records dating from the 1830s
  • plans and drawings of post offices, customs houses, army and navy establishments
  • plans and drawings of Government House, Sydney, dating from the 1860s, including original coloured drawings by the Colonial Architect James Barnet
  • NSW colonial trademark records from the 1860s
  • copyright records from the 1870s
  • meteorological journals of the Government Observatory, Parramatta, from 1822 to 1836
  • records of the Cockatoo Island dockyard from the 1860s
  • records of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the 1930s

The NSW office also holds a wealth of audio-visual material, including:

  • the ABC archive of radio and television. Dating back to 1905, the archive has such gems as Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s declaration of peace on 15 August 1945 and the opening night of ABC TV in 1956
  • master materials from the Film Australia Library and Commonwealth Film Unit
  • the Department of Defence collection from the Army, Royal Australian Air Force, Navy and Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • collections from the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority, the Antarctic Division and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • collections of significant Commonwealth Persons including Harold Holt and Paul Keating

Visitor information

Research centre opening hours

9am–4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, closed public holidays.

The research centre will be closed from Monday 23 December 2019. Usual opening hours resume from Thursday 2 January 2020.

Viewing records

To ensure records are available when you arrive, we recommend submitting an advance request to view records at least 5 working days before your visit. There may be delays for records with special preservation needs or during times of high demand.

We deliver records to the research centre twice a day on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Record requests made at the research centre must be submitted by 10.30am (for delivery at 11.30am) or 2pm (for delivery at 3pm). Requests made in the research centre are limited to 5 items per researcher per day.

Entry

Entry to the National Archives is free.

Onsite accessibility

Car parking

Parking is available for visitors to the National Archives.

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor near the research centre.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Getting here

Trains

The nearest railway station is Chester Hill, 15–20 minutes walk away. Trains travel to and from Chester Hill every 30 minutes via the Inner West and Bankstown lines.

Buses

Transport NSW operates bus routes from Chester Hill railway station, stopping at the corner of Campbell Hill and Curtis Roads, 5–10 minutes walk to the National Archives office.

Taxis

There is a taxi rank at the Chester Hill railway station. Premier Cabs 131 017 can be used to book taxis from the National Archives for return journeys.

Postal address

Locked Bag 4
Chester Hill
NSW 2162