Archives Resources Kit (ARK)

The ARK is held by 40 community access points across NSW. The majority of access points are libraries. The ARK consists of microfilm copies of our most popular and heavily used colonial records. Included are records relating to convict arrivals, assisted immigrants, births, deaths and marriages, publicans' licences, electoral rolls, naturalisation, returns of the colony ('Blue Books'), land grants, and the wide range of functions of the Colonial Secretary (1788-1825).

About the ARK

The ARK was a result of our Access for All initiative to provide people in regional and rural NSW with better access to the State's archives. The Kit contains over 1565 items (962 fiche and 604 reels) of our most popular and heavily used colonial records. It builds on a genealogical research kit issued in the 1980s and already held by some of the community access points. The Kit includes explanatory material and links to information available on our website.

You may find that the ARK (or parts of it) are held at a library near you.

What's in the Archives Resources Kit

Births, death and marriages

Abstracts of all licences for marriages granted to free persons, 1813-27
Fiche 836
Registers, 1787-1856
Reels 5001-5048
Reports of inquests, 1796-1828
Reels 2232-2233
Indexes and registers of Coroners' inquests and magisterial inquiries, 1834-1942
Reels 2921-2927, 2224-2225, 2763-2769


Indexes to ships arrived, 1837-1925
Reels 2502, 2503A
Assisted immigrants, 1828-42
Reels 1286-1349
Assisted immigrants (Port Phillip), 1839-51
Reels 2143A-2145
Assisted immigrants Sydney, 1838-96, and Moreton Bay, 1848-59
Reels 2134-2143
Persons on bounty ships to Sydney, Newcastle and Moreton Bay, 1848-91
Reels 2458-2498
Unassisted Passengers arriving in Sydney, 1826-53, 1854-1900
Reels 399-560, 1263-1280, 2851
Wage agreements & entitlement certificates (Sydney), 1844-45
Reels 2449-2456
Germans on bounty ships (Sydney), 1849-52
Fiche 851
Wives and families of convicts on bounty ships (Sydney), 1849-55
Fiche 837-838
Immigration deposit journals, 1853-1900
Reels 2668A-2676
Members of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-57
Fiche 839
Passenger lists of the Family Colonization Loan Society, 1854-55
Fiche 839
Ships musters: passengers departing, 1816-25
Reels 561-562

Convict records

Index to Convict Indents, 1837-42
Fiche 803-806
Convict Indents, 1788-1842
Fiche 614-744
Musters and other papers relating to convict ships, 1790-1849
Reels 2417-2428
Registers of convicts' applications to marry, 1825-51
Fiche 780-802
Assignment Registers, 1821-24
Fiche 745-748
Register of Tickets of Leave, 1824-27
Fiche 752-754
Ticket of Leave butts, 1827-67
Reels 909-965, 2688A
Registers of Conditional Pardons, 1791-1825
Fiche 820-823
Registers of convicts recommended for Conditional Pardons, 1826-56
Fiche 824-835
Registers of Absolute Pardons, 1791-1843 and Registers of recommendations for Absolute Pardons, 1826-46
Reel 800
Convict Deaths, 1828-79
Fiche 749-751

Professions and occupations

Public Service Lists, 1858-70
Fiche 807-819
Returns of the Colony (Blue Books), 1822-57
Fiche 438-613
Record of Appointments to Government Offices, 1814-25
Fiche 755-756
Register of Police, 1862-1904
Fiche 846-850
Register of Chemists and Druggists, 1876-1920
Fiche 844-845
Roll of barristers, solicitors, attorneys, etc, 1824-76
Fiche 852-853
Medical Board Minutes of proceedings and register, 1838-1901
Fiche 840-843
Certificates of publicans' licences, 1830-61
Reel 5049-5066, 1236-1242


Registers of depasturing licences, 1837-51
Reels 5067-81
Indexes to land grants, 1788-1865, and selected registers
Reels 2548-50, 2560-2


Naturalization Index, 1834-1903
Fiche 757-767
Registers of naturalization, 1834-1903
Reels 128A-141A
Letters of denization, 1834-47
Reel 128A part

Colonial Secretary

Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825
Reels 6001-6072, Fiche 3001-3312


Orphan School Admission registers, 1817-33
Applications for admission into and Applications for children out of the Orphan Schools, 1825-33
Reel 2776-2777

Other records

Electoral Rolls, 1842-64
Fiche 768-779
1828 Census Householders' Returns
Reels 2551-2552, 2506-2507
1901 Census collector books
Selected fiche
The Concise Guide to the NSW State Archives 3rd edition on CD-ROM

Guides and other explanatory material

Using the Archives Resources Kit (ARK)
Births, deaths and marriages
Birth death and marriage records
Short Guide 2
Attorney General and Justice: registry of births, deaths and marriages: microfilm copies of registers of baptisms, burials and marriages, 1787-1856
Short Guide 4
Index to abstract of all licences for marriages granted to free persons, March 1813 - December 1827
Short Guide 5
Shipping and free passenger records
Guide 17
Index to assisted (bounty) immigrants, 1828-42
Reels 30-37
Index to assisted immigrants arriving Sydney and Newcastle, 1844-59
Fiche 2481-2491
Index to assisted immigrants arriving Sydney, 1860-79
Fiche 2492-2498
Index to assisted immigrants, 1880-96
Fiche 2499-2504
Index to assisted immigrants to Port Phillip, 1839-51
Fiche 2476-2478
Index to assisted immigrants to Moreton Bay, 1848-59
Fiche 2479-2480
Convict guide supplementary list: microfiche copies of indents
Guide 14a
Professions and occupations
Returns of the Colony, 1822-57
Short Guide 3
Professions and Occupations: a select list of records
Short Guide 10
Land grants, 1788-1856
Short Guide 8
Naturalization and denization records
Short Guide 9
1901 Census - collectors books
Short Guide 7
Electoral Rolls
Short Guide 1
Colonial Secretary
Index to the papers of the New South Wales Colonial Secretary, 1788-1825
Index to the Colonial Secretary's papers, 1788-1825
Guide 30
Other finding aids
A guide to New South Wales State archives relating to the teaching of English to post WWII migrants
A guide to New South Wales State archives relating to Aboriginal people
Government (Colonial) Architect
Guide 19
Surveyor General: select list of maps and plans (and supplement), 1792-1886 
Guides 23 and 26
Surveyor General: Surveyors' Field Books, 1794-1831
Short Guide 13
Department of Education: subject files, 1876-1948
Short Guide 6
Muster and Census Records
Short Guide 12
Clerk of the Peace: quarter sessions records, 1824-1920
Guide 24
Archives in Brief
Helpful hints for researchers
Our e-newsletter for public clients
Vital Signs
Our magazine, launched in April 2002