Posted by Jason Reeve on April 6, 2023 in Ancestry AU&NZ Community

Get ready to explore the treasures of Museums of History NSW at their upcoming open day.

On Saturday April 15th 2023, come and see historical collections up close, hear from experts on a range of fascinating topics, take a behind-the-scenes tour and relax with good food and coffee in a unique environment.

The heart of the state archives will be open to the public at Western Sydney Records Centre, Kingswood, Darug Country. This is a rare opportunity to step inside and discover the largest collection of records relating to the history of NSW and the lives of its people.


Museums of History NSW Logo - Click to visit website.


Drop-in tours
Guided tours will take you on a journey through the extensive storage areas and the Conservation Lab and introduce you to the publicly accessible Reading Room.
Staff will be on-site to direct you to the tour meeting point when you arrive.


Expert talks
An in-depth series of talks throughout the day will provide valuable insights into the stories within the collection, how to undertake your own research and offer an opportunity to ask an archivist your questions.

Note: Bookings are available for each talk below. There will be limited spaces offered on the day for walk-ups. Please see staff on arrival to find out more.



Come and say hello to the many stallholders who will be present on the day; Ancestry, Australian Railway Historical Society, City of Sydney, Dutch Australian Genealogy Group, Hawkesbury Library Service & Family History Group, National Archives of Australia, Nepean Family History Society, Penrith City Library, Penrith Museum of Printing, Royal Australian Historical Society, Society of Australian Genealogists.



— Program | 15th April —



ARHSNSW – A nationally significant collection of railway-related information

Craig Mackey and James Dalton, Australian Railway Historical Society



Nosey Bob in the State Archives: The story of a noseless hangman

Rachel Franks, State Library of NSW



Printing and photography: Images from the NSW Government Printing Office

Kim Tao, Museums of History NSW



WWII records digitisation

Rachel Cullen, National Archives of Australia



Posters and programmes by the score!

Scott Hill, Museums of History NSW



Petitions in the City of Sydney Archives

Janet Villata, City of Sydney



Using to access the States Archives Collection

Pauline Weeks, Ancestry


Hurry along and register for the excellent talks listed above – they’re booking out extremely quick! If you miss out on a talk , don’t fret, you can catch the presenters at their stalls throughout the day.


Jason Reeve
Head of Content & Community

Jason Reeve

As the 'Head of Content & Community' for in Australia and New Zealand, Jason is a passionate advocate for discovering, sharing, and preserving the history of land, people and families.

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