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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

Australian family history and genealogy - selected websites

Offers a guide to useful internet sites for Australian family history and genealogy. These Australian sites contain a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents. They also provide links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and contact with other family historians via indexed family trees, mailing lists and bulletin boards.

National Library of Australia

Beginning your search - family history

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies provides information to help indigenous people tracing family. They 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

The Australian War Memorial's collections contain a wealth of material relating to the military service of individuals. This page provides links to useful resources on their site if you are trying to track down information about relatives who served in any of the conflicts that Australia has been involved in since the 1860s.

Australian War Memorial

Family history

Guide to material in the National Library's collections of interest to the family historian.

National Library of Australia

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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