Visiting the country

This guide was last updated in 2009

A large number of important genealogical records are available on the internet for anyone doing research into Australia, and a lot of work can, therefore, be undertaken from the UK.

However, if you want to do your research in person, a trip to Australia needs to be planned well in advance. The archives all have websites listing opening times and access conditions and it will pay to make sure you know which records you can view and where before you turn up.

Australia is a huge country and if you have to undertake research in more than one location you will need to plan your research time accordingly, leaving yourself plenty of time for travelling from one state to the next. The National Archives in Canberra is several hours away by air from the State Records Office of Western Australia!

Depending on budgets and the time available, it may not be possible to get to everywhere required and it may be worthwhile employing a local searcher for
the smaller or more distant tasks.

There are many local family history and historical societies around the country. Contacting them before you depart will allow you to talk to local experts who will be able to give some useful advice on their locality.

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