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Research Guides


Welcome to the National Archives of Australia's Research Guides website

The National Archives has two series of guides to assist researchers to find relevant records in our collection. Several of our books also offer advice on finding records.

Twenty–two guides in our Research Guide series cover a broad range of topics. These include guides on immigration (British, Chinese, Jewish, child), foreign relations (with Japan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea), military history (HMAS Sydney, Boer War) and various other topics.

Six guides in the Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers series provide short biographies and extensive archival listings on 11 former prime ministers.

You can browse and purchase copies of our research guides from our online shop, or download them for free from the links below. Orders can be placed by phoning (02) 6212 3609 or contacting Publication Sales, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610.

See below for our latest research guide, followed by a list of our other research guides. At the bottom of the page is a list of Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers series research guides.

Our latest research guides

Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania - front cover image

Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania (2013)

Michael Piggott

Research Guide no: 23

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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia - front cover image

Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia (2013)

Sara King

Research Guide no: 24

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Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory - front cover image

Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory (2013)

Ted Ling

Research Guide no: 25

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Other research guides

Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory - front cover image

Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory (2011)

Ted Ling

Research Guide no: 22

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Chinese–Australian Journeys: Records on Travel, Migration, and Settlement, 1860–1975 - front cover image

Chinese–Australian Journeys: Records on Travel, Migration, and Settlement, 1860–1975 (2005)

Paul Jones

Research Guide no: 21

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Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners: Records on Australia and the Japanese - front cover image

Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners: Records on Australia and the Japanese (2004)

Pam Oliver

Research Guide no: 20

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Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives - front cover image

Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives (2003)

Peter Nagle

Research Guide no: 19

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A Nation’s Imagination: Australia’s Copyright Records, 1854–1968 - front cover image

A Nation’s Imagination: Australia’s Copyright Records, 1854–1968 (2003)

Merilyn Minell

Research Guide no: 18

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Sound Recordings in the National Archives - front cover image

Sound Recordings in the National Archives (2001)

Helen Cross and Margaret Chambers

Research Guide no: 17

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Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia - front cover image

Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia (2001)

Karl Metcalf

Research Guide no: 16

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Working for the Dole: Commonwealth Relief during the Great Depression - front cover image

Working for the Dole: Commonwealth Relief during the Great Depression (2001)

Don Fraser

Research Guide no: 15

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Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records - front cover image

Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records (2000)

Dan Midalia

Research Guide no: 14

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Cockatoo Island Dockyard: A Guide to the Records - front cover image

Cockatoo Island Dockyard: A Guide to the Records (2000)

Margaret Chambers

Research Guide no: 13

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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia - front cover image

Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia (1999)

Malcolm Turnbull

Research Guide no: 12

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Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia - front cover image

Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia (1999)

Barry Coldrey

Research Guide no: 11

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Citizenship in Australia: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records - front cover image

Citizenship in Australia: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records (1999)

David Dutton

Research Guide no: 10

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The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902 - front cover image

The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902 (1999)

Craig Wilcox

Research Guide no: 9

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Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records - front cover image

Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records (2003)

Celia Blake

Research Guide no: 8

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More People Imperative: Immigration to Australia, 1901–39 - front cover image

More People Imperative: Immigration to Australia, 1901–39 (1999)

Dr Michele Langfield

Research Guide no: 7

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Parliament House Canberra, 1927: Records relating to the Design, Construction and Opening of the Provisional Parliament House - front cover image

Parliament House Canberra, 1927: Records relating to the Design, Construction and Opening of the Provisional Parliament House (2003)

Gay Hogan

Research Guide no: 6

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Royalty and Australian Society: Records relating to the British Monarchy held in Canberra - front cover image

Royalty and Australian Society: Records relating to the British Monarchy held in Canberra (1998)

Kate Cumming

Research Guide no: 5

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Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections - front cover image

Papua New Guinea Records 1883–1942: Microfilm Collections (1998)

Peter Nagle

Research Guide no: 4

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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records - front cover image

The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records (1999)

Richard Summerrell

Research Guide no: 3

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Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91 - front cover image

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and its Records, 1987–91 (1997)

Peter Nagle and Richard Summerrell

Research Guide no: 2

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Chinese Immigrants and Chinese–Australians in NSW - front cover image

Chinese Immigrants and Chinese–Australians in NSW (1997)

Julie Stacker and Peri Stewart

Research Guide no: 1

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Guides to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers series

Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2012)

Elizabeth Masters and Katie Wood

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John Curtin: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

John Curtin: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2004)

David Black and Lesley Wallace

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Harold Holt: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

Harold Holt: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2003)

Pennie Pemberton

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Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2003)

John Connor

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Joseph Lyons: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

Joseph Lyons: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2002)

Susan Marsden

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Our First Six: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers - front cover image

Our First Six: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers (2002)

Susan Marsden and Roslyn Russell

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