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With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases.

Australian records include convict transportation registers, immigration lists, musters and census records.

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FindMyPast provides online access to records from Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea as well as for Ireland and the United Kingdom. Find your past using our family history records and many more for local and social history.

The various record collections include: cemetery records, directories and almanacs, electoral rolls, government and police gazettes and other government records, military records, newspapers and periodicals, land records, religious records, regional and general histories, and biographical records.

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Trove includes resources that will support your research into the history of Goulburn and district. These include books, journal articles, pictures and photos, music and videos, sound recordings, maps and oral history recordings.

Trove Newspapers provides free online access to over 8 million pages from over 350 Australian newspapers, including:

  • Argyle Liberal and District Recorder (NSW: 1903-1910)
  • Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW: 1881-1940)
  • Goulburn Evening Post (NSW: 1940-1954)
  • Goulburn Herald (NSW: 1881-1908)
  • The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle (NSW: 1864-1881)

For help searching Trove, download our infoguide.

ANZAC Research

Access a range of resources to support research on Australia's military history, including education resources, online research guides, and a variety of tools to help family historians.

  • The AIF Project - this database by UNSW and ADFA is drawn from a range of official sources including the National Archives and Australian War Memorial.
  • Australian War Memorial - databases for those who have served in Australia's military and the arenas they have served in around the world.
  • Defence and War Service Records - this collection will help you learn more about your family's war history, including digitised war service records.
  • Red Cross Missing, Wounded, and Prisoner of War Enquiry Cards - approximately 60,000 cards used by the Central Bureau for Wounded, Missing, and Prisoners of War of the Australian Red Cross to trace the welfare and whereabouts of members of the armed forces, and some civilians, during the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. See the list of common abbreviations used for further help understanding the information in the cards.
  • Rocky Hill War Memorial Research Portal - supports online research into Australian service personnel and conflicts from across the world.

Digitised Texts and Research Papers

There are a number of fully digitised historic texts and research papers relating to the history of Goulburn available online including:

Other Useful Resources

  • CoraWeb - an Australian gateway site for tracing your family history
  • National Archives of Australia - Australian military and migration records
  • National Library of Australia - the National Library's collections offer a wealth of resources to the Australian family historian
  • NSW Births, Deaths, and Marriages - historical indexes for births over 100 years ago; deaths over 30 years ago and marriages over 50 years ago
  • NSW State Records - research and explore the official archives of New South Wales
  • Old Bailey Online - fully searchable site containing criminal trials held at London's central criminal court from 1674 - 1913
  • Ryerson Index - death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers
  • Sands Directories - the household and business information it contains has become a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family history
  • State Library of NSW - includes historic newspaper databases such as The Times Digital Archive and Gale NewsVault. You will need a SLNSW Readers card to access these from home
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