NSW State Archives, Western Sydney Records Centre

Identity area



Authorized form of name

NSW State Archives, Western Sydney Records Centre

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly State Records New South Wales
  • Formerly State Archives and Records NSW


  • State

Contact area


Manager, Public Access



Street address

143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9673 1788






Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

State Records Act 1998 (NSW)

Administrative structure

The Archives maintains a network of Regional Archives Centres which began in 1963. These centres give physical context to regional State archives by keeping them within the communities where they were created and give those communities ready access to their archives.

A Regional Archives Centre is a public office (to date, either a university or a local council), that houses and makes available the archives of its host institution plus other State archives of regional significance. This includes archives from a range of public offices such as Local Land Boards, Schools, Councils, Police and Local Courts. The Archives Centres also house copies of the Archives Resources Kit and private collections of regional records.

Records management and collecting policies

To preserve records which:

  • document government policy, determination and action;
  • embody citizens' legal rights; and
  • document information about their existence and identity.
    Records which are valuable for research on all aspects of the history and development of the State, communities, individuals, public administration.



The State Archives Collection (over 80 linear kilometres) dating from European settlement in 1788.

Finding aids, guides and publications

An online catalogue and subject guides and indexes are available on the website.

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.
Closed Sunday and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Minimum age 18 years. Application for access approved on the spot only for original records in the open access period. A form of identification with signature is required.

Closed period of 30 years applies to most records. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by letter of authority from creating agency.


Details are available on the website.

Services area

Research services

Reference assistance available. General reference assistance is available to reading room visitors with some limitation on enquiries by mail or phone.

State Archives and Records NSW’s online catalogue and online indexes provide access to limited records and includes a facility to pre-order records in the reading room as well as providing an online ordering service for some copies.

Reproduction services

Copying services for original records to A3 size, microfilms, photographs, maps and plans.

Public areas

Reading Room, Readers' Lounge (tea and coffee provided) and exhibition foyer area.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 21 May 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Communication (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Language (Thematic area)
  • Law and Justice (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Media (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Out of Home Care (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Science and Technology (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood
Sydney, New South Wales 2747