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Family history

Anniversary messages

Australians celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary can receive personal congratulations from the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen. Provides a table showing who is eligible and details for arranging the message.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Beginning your search – family history

Provides information to help indigenous people tracing family. AIATSIS can also assist anyone of indigenous heritage with their family history research.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Discovering Anzacs

Explore government records about Australians and New Zealanders who contributed to the war effort during World War I and the Boer War.

National Archives of Australia

Family history

Guide to material of interest to the family historian. Selected websites provides links to a variety of information including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents.
Tabs: Family history sources | Selected websites

National Library of Australia

Family history

Provides links to resources that can help you research the service and wartime experiences of relatives who served in Australia's military forces during conflict.

Australian War Memorial

Family history – begin your journey

Provides information on records held by Archives which would be of interest to family historians. It links to information about where to start, and how to find immigrant records, defence service records, indigenous records and other records.

National Archives of Australia

Find & Connect Australia

Brings together historical resources relating to institutional 'care' in Australia and to help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants understand more about their past and about the historical context of child welfare. Includes links to organisations who are able to help with support and counselling as well as locating and accessing records.

Department of Social Services

Migration, citizenship & travel

People have come to Australia from all over the world, for different reasons and in different ways. The National Archives holds records about many individuals who arrived from overseas during the 20th century and some who arrived during the 19th century. They also hold records about Australians who left and returned to Australia.

National Archives of Australia


Find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.  Whether you are tracing your family history, researching a topic, reading for pleasure, teaching or studying, Trove can help.

National Library of Australia

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