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Tracking Family: A Guide to Aboriginal Records Relating to the Northern Territory

5.19: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Northern Territory

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Northern Territory maintains registers of births, deaths, marriages, adoptions and changes of name and Aboriginal population records. The registry also records ministers of religion authorised under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cwlth), conducts searches and issues certificates of information contained in the registers in accordance with privacy guidelines and identification requirements, and conducts civil marriage ceremonies. It provides statistical data for medical and government research.

The registry has more than 20,000 birth, death, marriage and adoption records for the Northern Territory Aboriginal population. The registry offers for sale CDs of indexes for records for the period 1870 to 1918. Copies of these indexes can be viewed in the Northern Territory Library, the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory and the Family History Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


You can access birth, death and marriage records in two ways. You can approach:

  • the Northern Territory Archives Service and find out whether it is appropriate for you to be provided with access as an accredited researcher in accordance with the Protocol on Access to Northern Territory Government Records by Aboriginal People Researching Their Families (see the entry for the Northern Territory Archives Service for contact details, and Appendix 2), or
  • the registry directly to seek a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate. You will need to complete an application form and pay the required fee. Information about obtaining copies of certificates and the application forms is available on the registry's website.

Note that for births, deaths and marriages outside the Northern Territory, you should approach the relevant state registries of births, deaths and marriages. See Appendix 7 for contact details for the registries.

Contact details


Deputy Registrar
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Ground Floor, Nichols Place
Corner Cavenagh and Bennett Streets
Darwin NT 0800

GPO Box 3021
Darwin NT 0801

Tel: (08) 8999 6119
Fax: (08) 8999 6324

Alice Springs

Deputy Registrar
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Centrepoint Building
Corner Gregory and Hartley Streets
Alice Springs NT 0870

PO Box 8043
Alice Springs NT 0871

Tel: (08) 8951 5339
Fax: (08) 8951 5340

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek Courthouse Paterson Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860

PO Box 84
Tennant Creek NT 0861
Tel: (08) 8962 4377
Fax: (08) 8962 4375


Chapter 5
Institutions holding records