Updated :September 28, 2013 – work in progress
Resources which have been digitised ( indictated thus * ) and are nominated are available for free look ups . For information on how to request a look up see here.
If you wish me to search all my records both digitised and not the price is on application and depends on the amount of work.
Records can be searched by surname and in the case of land records by the property name.
You should be aware:-
* that the time taken for research is the same whether entries are found or not.
* that digital searches will return names that you may not be yours. For example a search for Smiths will find all the Smiths that I have in my holdings.
* My interest is that of a social historian and I am to put some foliage on the tree. So where possible I will include background material or possibly references to place, properties or event. You may not want this material or may have already have it.
Payment is accepted by bank transfer, cash or money order – not Paypal. Bank details on application. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
PS Whilst not nominated below check out my library holdings.
NSW Pioneer Index 1788 – 1888 *
NSW Federation Index . 1889 – 1918 *
NSW Between the Wars 1919 – 1945 *
Victoria. Federation Index. 1889 – 1901 *
Tasmania. Pioneer Index. 1803 – 1899
South Australia. Births. 1842 – 1906 *
West Australia. Pioneer Index . 1841 – 1905 *
Australian Vital Record Index. 1788 – 1905 ( LDS) *
British Isles. Vital Record Index. 1538 to 1888 ( 5 million entries) *
British Isles. Vital Record Index. 1538 – 1906 ( approx. 12 million entries
UK National Burial Index. *
Wollombi Baptisms 1856
Wollombi Marriages 1856 – 1900
Wollombi Inquests 1840 1901
Census, Musters and Biographical Registers and some Postal Directories
1881 British Census and National Index.
1788 – 1939 Biographical Register. 8100 entries – note that these names are not included in ADB.
1788 – 1841. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record and 1842 – 1899.
1823, 1824 and 1825. General Muster List of NSW
1837 General Return of Convicts.
Newcastle Directory and Almanac for 1880
Newcastle Directory and Almanac for 1881
Newcastle and District Directory for 1901
1881 – 1882 Sands PO Directory
1884 / 85 Sands
for the following:-
Macleay River District, Maitland District, Morre, Mudgee, Murrurundi, Newcastle, Parkes, Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace.
1889 / 1890 NSW Sands approx. 62,000 entries
1832 General Post Office Directory
1878 Sands PO for
Aberdeen, Adaminaby, Adamstown, Adelong (part only), Anvil Crreek, Appin, Appletree Flat, Araluen (part only), Ballina, Balranald, Barrangary, Barrington, Bateman’s Bay, Bega, Belford, Bell’s Creek, Bendolba (Dungog district), Bendemeer, Bergalia, Berrima, Binda, Bingera, Binnaway, Bishop’s Bridge, Black Springs, Blacktown, Blackville , Blackwall, Blandford, Blayney (part only), Boggabri, Bomadary (part only), Booral, Boro, Bourke, Bowenfields (part only), Branxton, Bridgeman, Bringelly, Broadmouth Creek, Brushgrove, Buchanan, Buckleys Crossing Place (on the Snowy River), Budgee Budgee (part only), Byng ( Orange district), Cadia, Camberwell, Cassilis’ Castle Hill, Castlereagh, Cathcart, Catherine Hill Bay, Cavan, Cessnock, Chambers Creek (Wellington District), Charcoal Creek, Charlestown, Charleyong, Chatswood Island, Chessman’s Creek, Clarence Town, Clarendon (Gundagai District), Cobar, Concord, Condobolin, Coolac, Coolah, Cooma (part only), Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Coopernook , Cooranbong, Cootamundra (part only), Cowra, Murrunundi.
1898 Country Trade Directory
1900 Wise Post Office Commercial Directory
1848 Well’s Gazetteer of the Australian Colonies published in 1848.
1863 Listing of Postmasters and Postmistress.
see also my notes re the alienation of land
Most of these records are in alphabetical order of the names of property and arranged by land district
1837 to 1848. Pasturage Licenses. ‘…for Depasturing stock beyond the boundaries of the Colony’. Contains over 4000 entries.
Details vary from name, residence and where applied for, station name.
1849 and 1850 ‘Disputes re boundaries of runs. names of runs , names of applicants ; 1000+ names
1850 Crown Lands beyond the Settled Districts. Runs obtained by tender .
1848 – 1850 Names of over 1500 applications for leasehold in the then pastoral districts of Bligh, Clarence River, Darling Downs, Gwydir, Lachlan, Liverpool Plains, Lower Darling, Macleay River, Maneroo, Moreton Bay, Murrumbidgee, New England and Wellington. The entries contain the following information: – name of applicant, name of the run, the pastoral district, owner(s) of adjoining runs where stated, details of the run such as acreage, carrying capacity for sheep and cattle, the location and in some cases a brief description of the run. *
1848 and 1849 . The Crown Lands Office received over 600 caveats against claims to leases of Crown land beyond the Settled Districts. The list contain applicant name, the district , the name of the run applied for and the name of the party lodging caveat against the issue of such lease. The listing provides an interesting perspective of claims and counter claims. Total of 1000 names + *
1848, 1849 and 1850 -the names of over 800 applicants for leasehold in the then Victorian pastoral districts of Bourke, Gipps, Grant, Murray, Portland Bay, Western Port and Wimmera. The entries contain the following information: – name of applicant, name of the run, the pastoral district, owner(s) of adjoining runs where stated, details of the run such as acreage, carrying capacity for sheep and cattle, the location and in some cases a brief description of the run.*
Landholders 1885 (aka Residents of NSW 1885 Vol. 1)This unique index provides the names of 39,856 residents of NSW in 1884/1885. It is based on the 1885 census of the occupiers of land and owners of stock in NSW. The census lists the name of the holding or locality , the name of the occupier or land owner,the police district and post town and the acreage , the number of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. more
1860 Crown Land Auction Sales 1 June 1860 – 30 June 1862. 11,000 entries. more
1862 Crown lands for Auction from 1 Jan 1860 to31 Dec 1861. Land < 320 acres.
1862. Crown land for sale, or public auction. 1 Jan 1862 to 31 July 1862
1862- 1864 Conditional Purchasers. Contains the details of over 9,000 applications for the conditional purchase of Crown Land between 1st January 1862 and 30th September 1864. 1862. more *
Conditional Purchases Disallowed from 1 Jan 1862 to 31 Oct 1864. Contains name of purchaser, area of purchase, district and class of land and the reason for disallowance – which makes interesting reading. more.
1885. Forfeited Conditional Purchases as at 20 Feb., 11 June and 18 June1885. Contains considerable details. The No. of Cond Purchase, the purchaser, date of purchase, district, area, county, parish, papers lease application, charting numbers and portion. more
1885. Lapsed Conditional Purchases as at 30 June 1885 because of the ‘ non receipt of the necessary declarations and non – payment of balance , interest or installment of purchase money’. Contains considerable detail. The No. of Cond Purchase, purchaser, date of purchase, district, area, county, parish, papers lease application, charting numbers and portion. 680 entries
1865. Return of Pastoral rental for First & Second Class & Unsettled Districts.. Contains:- Name of Run, Lessee or Tenant, Area of run, annual rental, assessment, date present tenure commenced, term of tenure, appraised rent. Approx. 4000 entries. In the process of being digitised – to date nearly 3000 done. more
1865 Annual Leases for First Class Settled Districts. Provides name of lessee, district, no of lots, rent of lease and area of lease. Note as this return is for first class settled district, it contains small holdings. Contains 1745 entries. more
1871. Return of Runs Appraised. ( As per requirements of the Conditional purchase application) Contains, name of run, name of lessee, new rent, old rent, estimated area, nature and value of improvements. more
1880. Deeds of Grant received form 1 July to 30 Sept 1879. Contains considerable details – Name of Grantee, Lands Department Grant No., Register Vol. and Folio No., situation of land, area of land, amount of assurance fee and amount of stamp duty.
1884. Deeds of Grant received form 1 July to 31 Dec 1884. Contains considerable details – Name of Grantee, Lands Department Grant No., Register Vol. and Folio No., situation of land, area of land, amount of assurance fee and amount of stamp duty. . 2880 entries. …more
1885 Deeds of Grant received form 1 Jan to 31 March 1885. Contains considerable details – Name of Grantee, Lands Department Grant No., Register Vol. and Folio No., situation of land, area of land, amount of assurance fee and amount of stamp duty. Contains approx. 800 entries
Land Grants on the Lower Nepean River
1885. Conversion of Pre-emptive into Conditional Leases approvals as at 28 July 1885. Contains considerable details. The number of the conditional lease, registration number, application number, persons name, address, date of application, area applied for, approx area apparently applied for, county, parish, land district, rent, amount already paid for 1885, date of credit, balance for 1885, number of CP in right of which lease is granted, particulars of pre-lease- number, lot and area, Register Volume and folio number.
1886 The registered Pastoral Holders of the Crown of NSW with the names of their holdings. Contains 3000+ entries.
1889 Hanson, W. The Registered Pastoral Holders of the Crown of New South Wales with the names of their Holdings .
1871 NSW Squatting Directory. 4,500 + entries of properties and their ‘owners’ . sample
Yewen’s Directory of Landholders NSW 1900 – on CD
Civil Service – includes railways , post office etc
1861. Listing of Civil Service Officers. 1029 entries.
1863. Civil Service
1866 – 1868. Officers of the NSW Civil Service. Approx. 600 entries 1866. Includes railway staff, electric telegraph staff
1870 An index of Officers to Civil Establishment in 1870. Contains name and office, salary, date of appointment
1884. Civil Service List for the year 1885. (aka Residents of NSW 1885 Volume 2) Contains 9100 entries. See. The Civil Service Board of NSW was required to publish a ‘CIVIL SERVICE LIST’ containing the names of all the Officers of each Division and Class and of all other person employed by the Civil Service.The database provides surname and first names, occupation / position, the location and the division and / or class of the employee. see *
1887 Remuneration received by all Public Officers -prepared by Civil Service Board see
1863. Listing of Postmasters and Post Offices. Contains approximately 400 names with detail of annual salary. see
1866. List of Post Offices, postmasters and salary.
1866 List of Stamp sellers, residence and date of appointment.
1867. Postal Contractors for Western , Southern and Northern roads. Provides name and addresses of contracors, Postal lines ( eg. ‘W. Winch of Singleton – Muswellbrook, Denman, Merriwa and Cassilis- contractor required to provide a boat at Denman’), mode of conveyance (4-wheeled coach). annual amount payable ( £546.0.0) and date of termination of contract. Sample.
1877 Postmaster General – Electric Telegraph. Contains names of Electric telegraph station masters, operators, messengers etc. Provides date of appointment, annual salary and date of first appointment. Contains 410 entries. sample
1882 Postmaster General – Post Offices. Contains names of post masters, assistant postmasters, letter carriers etc. Provides date of appointment, salary and date of first appointment. Contains 250 entries
1884 List of Stamp- sellers. Provides names, residential address and date of appointment. Contains 500+ entries
1871. Return of all Employees of the Traffic Branch of the Great Northern Railway, officers and men employed in the Harbours and Rivers Department. Provides name, location, occupation and salary. some example
1882 Railways Contains names of Station masters, Inspectors, Clerks, etc. Provides date of appointment, salary and date of first appointment. Contain 200 entries
1887 Officers of the Railways providing position and allowances.
Religion and Education
Cashman, G. M. A Catholic Who’s Who from 1788 to Polding.
1862 Listing of Roman Catholic priests in the colony as at 1861. Provides names of parish, salary, parsonage house where situated, the number of person ‘it will contain’ (i.e. the parish) and the number of ‘persons generally attending’. more
1866. Ecclesiastical Return for 1866. Provides names, parishes, date of appointment of minister / priest, annual salary. Sample
1864 – 1870. Ministers of Religion and salary received .
1867 Presbyterian Ministers
1865 Report of the Denominational School Board. Contains considerable details. Name of teacher (principal ?), locality of school, number of children on roll, average daily attendance, number of those able to pay / not pay fees, etc. Arranged by Diocese then by denomination. Newcastle diocese and some extracts for Sydney and Goulburn diocese.
1867 Education Report. Contains locality of school, teacher name, annual salary, number of boys and girls on roll and average attendance. sample
1917 Almanac of the Diocese of Maitland and Family Home Annual.; extracts , names and pictures of clergy, parishes of Lambton, Krambach, Kurri Kurri, Lochinvar , Merewether and Meriwa.
1925 Australian Catholic Directory. 1925. extracts re churhes and clergy of Diocese of Maitland. pictures and bursary names. see
1926 Almanac of the Diocese of Maitland and Family Home Annual. see
1927 Diocese of Maitland. Historical Notes and Records. see singleton parish
1928 Almanac of the Diocese of Maitland and Family Home Annual. . extracts etc – also contains list of results of Bursary and prize examination for 1927. (600 names)
1929 Almanac of the Diocese of Maitland and Family Home Annual. 1929
Singleton and Patricks Plains Resources
Anglican Marriages in East Maitland of Singleton & Patrick’s Plains residents – 51 marriages *
Anglican Baptism in East Maitland ditto – 139 baptisms *
Anglican Burial at Whittingham – 323 entries *
1839 Baptismal Registers of the Anglican Parish of Singleton – Whittingham from 1839. 1844 Baptismal Registers of the Anglican Parish of Warkworth 1844 to 1853. see *
1844 Baptismal Registers of the Anglican Parish of Falbrook – Camberwell 1844 to 1896. *
Baptismal Register Singleton Presbyterian see *
1866 -67. Singleton Ratepayers and Landlords.This listing includes not only the ratepayer name but his address, the name of the property owner, the gross and nett value of the property. More information is available here. *
Singleton & District Postal Directories 1832 – 1884; 6457 entries. more *
PO Directories for :- Anvil Creek, Belford, Branxton, Bridgeman, Camberwell, Darlington, Elderslie, Fordwich, Glendon Brook, Goorangoola, Gresford, Jerrys Plains, Lewinsbrook, Muswellbrook, Patricks Plains, Patterso – Allyn, Ravensworth, Singleton, Scotts Flat, Sedgefield, Warkworth, Wollombi, Westbrook.
Singleton & District Residents selected from Maitland Mercury, Singleton Times, Singleton Argus, Government Gazette, censuses etc. – 4152 entries *
Entries from the 1926 ‘Back to Singleton’ booklet. – 1215 entries. see *
Residents of Rix’s Creek…more *
Who was who in Hunter Valley Towns ( Singleton only) 1888
1913 Singleton Dairy Farmers 1913 – 1920 The register contains the following information:- address of owner, location of dairy, the date of application and the number of cows milked. more *
1903 – 1954. Mitchell’s Flat School Pupils The complete list provides date of admission, date of admission to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. The name of the parent / guardian, residence, occupation, date left school and in some cases . the reason. *
1939 – 1945′ Listing of Persons who enlisted from Singleton district.
1914 – 1918 Monumental Inscriptions. Burdekin Park Centotaph see
Carrowbrook Roll of Honour.
1914- 1918. Portraits & Biographies of selected Singeton soldiers in WW1
Electoral Rolls Singleton & Districts and Newcastle
Northumberland & Hunter 1851/52
Patricks Plains 1871/72
Patricks Plains 1878 / 79
Upper Hunter 1878/79 ( part only)
Patricks Plains 1881 / 82
Patricks Plains 1890 / 91
Singleton1894 / 95 for Broke, Greta, Jerry Plains, Singleton
Singleton 1903 (part only)
Singleton 1912- 13 Branxton
Shire of Patricks Plains 1922
Grave Listing for Branxton Catholic Cemetery.
Wallsend Cemetery (some missing )
Mount Vincent Cemetery
Singleton & District Headstone Inscriptions for:- Queen Street Catholic; St Patrick’s Columbarium Queen Street. Convent of Mercy Queen Strret.; Old Methodist Queen Street; Whittingham
Mining and Miners
Mining. 1861 – 62. Applications for leases of Auriferous Lands under ‘Gold Fields Act of 1861’. Provides names, date, location / situation and extent of lease, duration of lease, date commence and rent. Contains 150 + entries.
Lease Register Gold NSW 1874 – 1953
Mineworkers (Hunter District) . Over 1695 mineworkers were seriously injured , many of them fatally, as a result of accidents between 1847 and 1938. This index contains names, age occupation, date of accident, and name of mine, mine location, details of the accident, and references for the data. Coal Miners.This index can be searched on line *
Convicts and Deserters
Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts
nominate the town:
Most of these histories do not contain an index
Bendemeer 1832 – 2005
History of Greater Cessnock
Cessnock. 1826 – 1954 see
Emmaville and District 1872 – 1972
Kempsey and Macleay River District
Lambton 1862 – 1872
Presbyterian Church Scone
Richmond- 1895 River District. 1828 see
Stroud and the AA Company
Millfield 1825 – 1968
New England. Northern Tablelands. 1818 – 1900
Warialda 1827- 1930
Wallsend St Patrick’s School/ 1883 – 1983
Singleton Pioneer Register and Muswellbrook Pioneer Register
Maitland Pioneer Register
Cessnock Pioneer Register
Orange and District Pioneer Register 0n CD
Hotels and Publicans
Inns and Hotels 1825 – 1900 see *
Singleton and Hunter valley
1882.Return of Publican’s Licenses; Colonial Wine Licenses; Spirit Merchants’ Licenses; Brewers Licenses and Return of Billiard and Bagatelle Licenses for1 July 1882 to 30 June 1883. Contains 4171 entries. see example * partly digitised
1885 . Return of Publican’s Licenses; Colonial Wine Licenses; Spirit Merchants’ Licenses; Brewers Licenses and Return of Billiard and Bagatelle Licenses for Jan 1885. Contains approximately 1000 entries
Place Names, Surnames and Christain Names
Place Names of Northern NSW
Place Names of the Central Coast
Place Names of NSW
Place Names of Australia
Australian Place Names
Place Names of Victoria
What’s in a name?
Aboriginal Place Names
Names of Railway Stations in NSW. With their meaning and Origin.
Australian Roadside Inns (1921)
Hunter Valley Place Names
One Thousand Place Names in NSW.
Irish Place Names
The Meaning of Irish Place Names
Scottish Place Names
The Clans and Tartans of Scotland see
English Place Names
Guide to English Place Names