National Archives of Australia, New South Wales State Office, Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Archives of Australia, New South Wales State Office, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • National

Contact area


Manager Reference and Access Services New South Wales



Street address

120 Miller Road, Chester Hill Postal address: Locked Bag 4, Chester Hill NSW 2162




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9782 4900




Description area

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Regional Manager Central, New South Wales State Office, Sydney

Records management and collecting policies



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:

  • NSW post office records dating from 1830s; and
  • NSW plans and drawings of post offices, customs houses, army and navy establishments, and Government House Sydney dating from 1860s including original coloured drawings by the Colonial Architect James Barnet.

Also included are:

  • NSW colonial trademark records from the 1860s and copyright records from the 1870s;
  • NSW 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; and
  • sound and moving image collections including Damien Parer’s Kokoda Front Line, Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s declaration of peace on 15 August 1945, decimal currency television and radio commercials, and the ABC’s Seven Little Australians.

The Sydney Office holds over 25 shelf kilometres of audiovisual material including material from the Australian Broadcasting Commission/ Corporation, Screen Australia, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, the Department of Defence and significant Commonwealth Persons including Prime Ministers.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The National Archives’ collection database, RecordSearch, gives online access to the National Archives’ holdings Australia-wide.
For access to RecordSearch, see the link from
For a list of research guides to the National Archives’ collection, see:

Access area

Opening times

The research centre is open Wednesday to Friday 10am–4pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Note: For up-to-date information on opening times, see

Access conditions and requirements


Maps and information about parking, public transport and onsite wheelchair access to the research centre are available at:

Services area

Reproduction services

Information about ordering copies of records and associated fees is available at

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 31 January 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

120 Miller Road, Chester Hill
Postal address: Locked Bag 4, Chester Hill NSW 2162
Sydney, New South Wales 2162