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Government Records and the Family Historian: Naturalisation Records

As a family historian, consider what information may be found in the Police, Education or Government Gazettes or hospital, electoral, probate, naturalisation or other government held records. This guide focuses mainly on South Australian resources.

What could I find?

Naturalisation records are held by the National Archives of Australia.  Records for the Province of South Australia before 1904 are available at their Adelaide Office.

Information that may be found includes:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • date of arrival in Australia
  • name of ship or flight travelled on
  • state of residence at time of naturalisation
  • names of other family members
  • education
  • profession
  • occasionally there are also additional papers attached, including handwritten statements and testimonies

The National Archives of Australia has recently published Commonwealth Government records about South Australia and a version is available online.  Chapter 10 outlines information pertaining to naturalisation that is worth exploring.

Available at the State Library

The State Library holds various indexes and records pertaining to naturalisation.  To learn more click on the link below.

Indexes to South Australian Naturalisation

Available at the National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia has digitised many of its historical records, including naturalisation records, and these are now available online