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Births, deaths and marriages: New South Wales

This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.

A much travelled Old Colonist



Ellen Eliza Plummer (nee Pitcher) of Angaston, Teal Flat, Broken Hill and New Zealand c. 1872-1881 (B 19985/11ZZ)

Books at the State Library

New South Wales births, deaths & marriages online

New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1788 onwards are available freely online.

Compulsory registration of all births, deaths and marriages (including those occurring at sea) began in NSW on 1 March 1856.

Prior to this date, church records give details of baptisms, deaths and marriages. Many church records are held at the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

NSW resources available on microfiche


Resources available on the Internet

Online indexes

Due to restrictions placed by the suppliers, the following online indexes may only be accessed by visiting the Library:

NSW convict records online

Index to convict records (State Records of NSW) 1788-1851

Convicts to NSW 1788-1812 - database available on State Library computers only

(See fuller information on the Australian convict records library guide.)