Archives on tour

A focus on regional NSW

MHNSW engages across the state through our Regional Network and touring exhibitions. Our Archives on tour initiative is another way to focus on regional NSW.

Archives on tour began in 2019 with the 1828 Census touring a number of towns recorded in the Census.

Archives in your town is the second program and virtually takes parts of six of the big series of archives that cover the whole state to six different towns across NSW.

This was followed by Schools which are often the centre of a town and reflect the good times and bad times but also the fun times like days off for the local show.

Archives in your town

At the heart of every town are people and buildings. See digitised archives and remember some of the buildings and people that make your town. Watch the webinar recordings and take a tour of the highlights from our virtual events.


Schools reflect the culture and location of the town - early finishes so the children can help with the milking or more pupils attending while the railway is built nearby. Teachers move from school to school frequently and their leave records can provide many details about their lives.

Watch the recordings of the Schools events

Plan of Cooma public school

Cooma school records

Explore the NSW town of Cooma through its school records

Coonabarabran school records

Explore the NSW town of Coonabarabran through its school records

Boats moored at an inlet

Ulladulla school records

Explore the NSW town of Ulladulla through its school records

Students pose for photo in front of school building

West Wyalong school records

Explore the NSW town of West Wyalong through its school records

Sketch of a rural setting with farm houses and fenced paddocks

Westward, Ho! Blue Mountains to Bathurst

Bathurst, located approximately 200km west of Sydney on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, was Australia’s first inland settlement

Digital scan of sculptural panel

Cast in cast out: recasting fragments of memory

An in-depth look at Dennis Golding's experiences and childhood memories of growing up in ‘The Block’

Government Printing Office 1 - 02086 - Oyster bed [From NSW Government Printer series: Ballina], 1926
21 June, 10.30am
Online talk

Oyster leases

This webinar will focus on the Oyster Lease Cultures files, which tell the stories of the people who held these leases between 1920 and 1978