New South Wales

New South Wales

Our New South Wales Office is located on the land of the Darug and Eora peoples.

We are open to the public. Bookings are required to visit.

Address

National Archives NSW Office
120 Miller Road
Chester Hill

Get directions

Research centre hours

  • Wed–Fri 9.30 am–4 pm
  • Sat–Tues Closed

Phone

02 9782 4900
Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia

12 Nov 2022 - 05 Feb 2023

Albury

Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia.

Braille typewriter NAA: A1200, L49025

Event

Descriptive discovery

22 Feb 2023

Online

Join National Archives team members online and be part of an accessible community conversation of discovery.

Passport photo of Florence Winter-Irving

Members

The socialite and the Turkish diplomat

07 Mar 2023

Online

To celebrate Women's History Month, join us online to learn about this thrilling tale from the archives.

Blind high school boy, Ken Todd of Brisbane with braille typewriter

Event

Descriptive discovery

29 Mar 2023 - 19 Apr 2023

Online

A webinar designed for blind and vision impaired audiences. Presenting stories and descriptions of the materials in the National Archives collection.

A model stands next to a sheep showcasing her wool fashion dress.

Members

Colonial to couture

10 May 2023

Online

In celebration of Australian Fashion Week, join us online to explore Australia's fashionable past through records kept at National Archives of Australia.

Housing - Hotels, motels and hostels - Gwalia State Hotel - naa: A6135, K1/6/76/14

Members

Boom to bust: ghost towns

06 Jun 2023

Online

A rundown pub and empty streets are sometimes all that is left of once thriving settlements.

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 New South Wales 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

Our Research Centre is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We are closed on public holidays.

Bookings can be made for the Research Centre to view pre-ordered records. Please complete an advance request for records and we will contact you to confirm your booking.

  • Please nominate a date and visit time. We will confirm your visit date with you. If you are visiting as a pair or group please let us know.
  • At this time, we are only accepting visits to view records. If you have a query about the collection, please ask us a question online.
  • You will require a $2 coin to operate our public lockers.

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 located 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, a walk of 15 to 20 minutes. Trains travel to and from Chester Hill Station on the Liverpool via Bankstown and Liverpool via Regents Park lines.

Buses

Bus route M91 operates to and from Chester Hill, Granville and Parramatta railway stations. Nearby bus stops on Campbell Hill Road are at Moora and Biara Streets, a 5 minutes walk to the National Archives.

Taxis

There is a taxi rank at the Chester Hill railway station.

Postal address

Locked Bag 4
Chester Hill
NSW 2162