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Naturalisation Records - Australia and New Zealand

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State Records New South Wales - Naturalisation Index 1834-1903  Any person born outside the British Empire, who had resided in NSW for at least five years, needed to become naturalized in order to vote or own land. A search returns names, native place, date of certificate, register number, page number, remarks, item and reel number. A photocopy service is available for a small fee or the original images 1849-1903 are available on Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com - New South Wales Certificates of Naturalization 1849-1903 This database contains certificates of naturalization 1849-1903 (SRNSW series NRS 1040) and lists of aliens to whom certificates of naturalization have been issued 1859-1876 (SRNSW series NRS 1041). There is a free name search with subscription, or pay to view, options available to access the digitised records.

Queensland State Archives - Naturalisations Index 1851-1904 This index lists name, number, year, item ID, previous system and  microfilm number. Individual records can be ordered from the Archives for a small fee. The Queensland Votes and Proceedings often contain lists of people who took the Oath of Allegiance to be naturalised. An Index to Votes and Proceedings: A-Z for the period 1880-1885 is also available online.

South Australian Naturalisations 1839-1903 A database by Adelaide Co-operative History Databases. Search results may include name, residence, occupation, birthplace, age, time in SA, dates of Memorial, Oath of Allegiance and Certificate of Naturalization plus source details.

LINC Tasmania Online Names Indexes  These include: 
• Naturalisations Index relates to Tasmanian applications by non-British subjects for certificates of denization and naturalisation (1835-1905). This alphabetical index lists surname, given name, date and reference.  Digital images of the records are being progressively added to the site.

National Archives of Australia - Naturalisation Records are held for Victoria (1851-1903) and South Australia (1848-1903) plus records for all of Australia from 1904. Records for New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania pre 1904 are held by State government archives. Many of the records held by National Archives have been listed on RecordSearch. To do a search click on Search the Collection,  then Begin your search, Choose the NameSearch tab . Enter a family name and choose Immigration and naturalisation records from the drop down category box. For further details see Fact Sheets 68 and 187.

Chinese NSW Naturalisation Database 1857-1887 This database is on the Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation site. Updated

New Zealand
Ancestry.com - New Zealand, Naturalisations, 1843-1981  This database contains an index of persons who were naturalised or given citizenship in New Zealand. Citizenship did not begin until 1949, but persons who were not born within the British Commonwealth and applied for naturalisation were given British citizenship prior to 1949. Depending on the register, the records may include: name of individual, age or birth date, birthplace, place of residence, former nationality, naturalisation date, file number, certificate register and register page number. There is a free name search with various subscription options available.
Images of the records are not available due to privacy restrictions.

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