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Australian Society of Archivists  - Directory of Archives lists contact details, access conditions, acquisition focus and web links to a diverse range of Australian archives. It is listed under learning and publications.   Updated

Australian War Memorial. This extensive site is a must for family history research and contains biographical databases, collection databases, extensive digitised records, online Information Sheets plus extensive advice on research and family history.

National Archives of Australia holds Australian government records from 1901 plus a significant collection of records transferred from the colonies pre 1901. Online services include RecordSearch - the collection database, PhotoSearch and 267+ Fact Sheets. Records are held for defence service personnel, merchant seamen, 20th century passenger arrivals, displaced persons, naturalisation and much more. Updated

Noel Butlin Archives Centre holds the records of industrial organisations, businesses, professional associations, industry bodies and the labour movement. A List of Holdings is available online.

National Film and Sound Archive preserves Australia's moving images and sound recordings. Updated

Australian Capital Territory 
Archives ACT provides access to publicly available ACT Government records older than 20 years.

New South Wales
State Records New South Wales Search Online option offers access to Online Indexes, Photo Investigator, Catalogue and the new Experimental Tool which is a great way to search and locate relevant material in the collection. The wide variety of online indexes covers child welfare, convicts, courts, Colonial Secretary, deceased estates, divorce, gaols, immigration, indigenous Australians, inquests, land, probate, soldier settlement plus much more. Use the KeyName Search to search for your family across multiple indexes at once. Use the Quick Links to access 124+ Archives in Brief fact sheets. There is also free access to 'online' microfilm of shipping lists. Updated 

Northern Territory
Northern Territory Archives Service offers online guides to the collections.

Queensland State Archives. Use the Quick Links to access online indexes covering convicts/prisoners, courts, hospitals/sanitoria, immigration, indigenous, land, professions, orphanages/reformatories and others including Australian South Sea islanders, Boer war, coloured labour and Asiatic aliens, companies plus more. Use the Family History link to access a series of Brief Guides and other information. Updated 

South Australia
State Records of South Australia. Click on Access Collection Catalogue (top blue tab) then Finding Aids (left side tab). Also from this tab click on Searching to access the name search, World War I photos and passenger list search. Updated 

LINC Tasmania brings together the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and others. Online name indexes include: Updated
• Arrivals  - index of passengers and ships arriving, mainly in Hobart in the 19th century
• Census index - index of people (householders) (1842-1857) * 
• Colonial Tasmanian Family Links database - is not a direct index to records but contains a large amount of information (not necessarily verified) about Tasmanian families
• Convict applications for permission to marry - index of convicts applying to marry free people or other convicts (1829-1857) #
• Departures - index of people leaving Tasmanian ports (1817-1867)
• Divorces - index of people getting divorced (1861-1920)
• General index  - indexes a range of records, mainly names, but some subjects #
• Inquests - index of records of inquests into people's deaths (c.1828-c.1930). Inquests into fires are in the general index# 
• Naturalisations - index of people applying to become citizens (1835-1905) #
• Tasmanian convicts - index of all convicts transported to Tasmania and those convicted locally through the convict system #
• Wills - index of wills and letters of administration of estates registered for probate (1824-1989)
* indicates digital images of the records are available online. # indicates some digital images available.

LINC Tasmania - Digital Tasmania is a project to digitise Tasmania's archival and heritage collections. A significant amount of material has been digitised and is available online for free. There are original records, books, maps and plans, pictorial works, newspapers and journals and card indexes. 

LINC Tasmania - Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office - online guides.

Public Record Office Victoria. Click on the Start your research tab to access information, a new researcher kit, Research Guides and online indexes and digital records. These cover aboriginal Victorians, adoption and wardship, buildings and land, cemeteries, court cases, divorce, education and teachers, family history research, historical images, inquests, mental health, prisoners and convicts, ships and shipping, tramways and railways, wills and probate. There are free digital images of original records available online including Victorian wills to 1841-1925. Updated

Western Australia
State Records Office of Western Australia. Click on Archive Collection for details of what is held, information sheets and other details. Updated 

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