University of New England and Regional Archives, Armidale, New South Wales

Identity area



Authorized form of name

University of New England and Regional Archives, Armidale, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name



  • University
  • State

Contact area


University Archivist



Street address

Newling Campus, University of New England, Armidale




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 6773 6555



Description area


The University of New England was established in 1954. The University of New England and Regional Archives (UNERA), located in the Heritage Centre was established in 1957 as a repository for both University and regional records.

The Archives and NSW State Records work to ensure the preservation within the region of records created by bodies such as the Department of Lands, the NSW Police and the courts. In addition, the Archive has a growing archive of private papers, many relating to local pastoral families and commercial businesses.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: University Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

The records of the University of New England and its predecessor institutions, most notably the Armidale Teachers College and the Armidale College of Advanced Education.

State and local Government records for the collection area which covers the region west of Bourke north to the Queensland border and down the east coast to Forster.

A scientific collection has been identified and is managed in conjunction with Austech guidelines. UNERA is a Public Access Point for State Records and hold the Archives Resources Kit.



  • Records of the University and its predecessors:

University of New England Archives, 1954-
Armidale Teachers’ College, 1929-1971
Armidale College of Advanced Education, 1971-1989 (was amalgamated with the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education and the University of New England in 1988).
New England University College (an outpost of the University of Sydney), 1938-1954

  • NSW State Government records: The UNE Archives and Heritage Centre is a repository for regional NSW State archival records, including local police, court, mining, cemetery and Lands Office archival material.
  • Regional collection: including, for example, records of land holdings and mining; parish registers and births, death and marriage and cemetery records; records and private papers from pastoral families in the New England region and a reference library of local and regional history.
  • Family History collection: including microfilm copies government records.

For further information, see

Finding aids, guides and publications

  • University of New England Archives Management Committee, Preliminary list of Archives and Manuscripts: University of New England Archives. Armidale: Dixson Library, University of New England, 1984 [Out of Print].
  • Alphabetical listing of the University of New England Archives 1995


  • Luxton, Robert B, 'Archival collections and local history resources in the Dixson Library' Dixson Library Report 2/4 (Summer 1983): 2-5.
  • Purkis, Gerry and Raszewski, Christine 'Family History in the Dixson Library - chore or challenge?' Dixson Library Report 8/2 (June 1989): 5-10

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Closed Christmas-New Year period and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

For information on accessing records, including the Application to access records form, see


The Heritage Centre is situated at the University's C B Newling Campus in the former C B Newling Library building (CN2). This is located on the corner of Dangar and Kentucky Streets, Armidale. Regular Access for vehicles is by the Mossman Street entrance.

Wheelchair access is also provided.

Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Copying service available for books, journals, microfilm, photographs, newspapers, maps and plans - under the guidance of archives staff.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 6 June 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Newling Campus, University of New England, Armidale
Armidale, New South Wales 2351