Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands

Records relating to NSW, Norfolk Island and Tasmania found in Colonial Office microfilms

As a penal settlement answering to the British government, copies of colonial paperwork were sent to the Colonial Office in London. The Colonial Office papers contain a huge amount of material relating to the early settlements and residents of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Tasmania. This seminar provides a guide to the type of information available both on the microfilms published by the Australian Joint Copying Project and in other published works.
- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Norfolk Island: the first settlement, 1788-1814

Many convicts and soldiers who arrived in the early years of settlement spent time on Norfolk Island until, in the first decade of the 1800s, the authorities decided to close the settlement and transfer the settlers to Tasmania. A wealth of documents have survived for this period containing information about those resident on the island. This seminar covers the type of records and other sources available, their contents and where they can be located.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Findmypast - the World Collection

Exactly what is happening at findmypast? The last couple of years have seen huge growth in multiple directions – in records from Australia and New Zealand, Ireland, America, in the original UK site itself and the launch of the British Newspaper Archives by brightsolid. All this means much better access to records for local and family historians and is very exciting to see. Where to now?


Norfolk Island 1st Settlement 1788 - 1814

The People of the Norfolk Island 1788 - 1814.
Includes Convicts, NSW Corps and free settlers, deaths and Headstones, resources for researchers

  • Victualling books
  • Population returns
  • Land grants
  • Shipping records
  • Journals and diaries
  • Musters
  • Baptism, burial and marriage records
  • Population returns and much more

Australian Handbook 1882

Australian Handbook 1879

Australian Handbook 1878

Australian Handbook 1877

Wanderings South and East

A Voyage Round the World

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