Society of Australian Genealogists

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Society of Australian Genealogists

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Educational

Contact area


Archives Officer



Street address

Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9247 3953



Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Archives Officer

Records management and collecting policies

The Society maintains its own records relating to establishment, activities and growth of Council and Committees including minutes and financial records.

Our manuscript collection (known originally as the Primary Records) was set up in 1963 to house donated material. At present there are more than 55,000 files, with additions weekly. The files hold family papers, pedigrees, photographs, certificates, unpublished research notes, other documents and memorabilia from Australia and overseas. The Online Catalogue is available at



Holdings include:

  • Bound manuscripts
  • Family papers and documents
  • Photographs, pictures and framed material
  • Reeve records
  • Rolled maps and charts
  • Brass rubbings
  • Confidential material
  • Thomson Grant records
  • Tom Mutch memorial cuttings
  • Marriage unit forms
  • Outsize items
  • Dennes records
  • Waldron-McCarthy records
  • Artefacts.

References: Robinson, Tim, 'An Introduction to the Primary Records', Descent Vol 11/2: pp 83-90.

Access area

Opening times

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-4pm (for members and day researchers).
Closed Monday, Friday, Sunday and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Researchers may be members of the Society or Day Researchers. Day Researchers must show identity, complete a research form and pay a fee. Membership of the Society is available on application to, and subject to approval of, the Council. The Society records are restricted but the majority are available on application to the Archives Officer. Primary records are available upon request.


Services area

Research services

Reference assistance is available in person as well as referral to paid researchers. The society also operates a library of books, journals, microform and computer based materials.

Reproduction services

Copying services for original records to A3 size, photographs, newspapers, maps and plans. Digital copies can also be provided.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 29 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2000