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Once you have located an entry of interest from our indexes, click on ‘Request a copy’ and complete your details in the email that is then generated. We will contact you with a quote for obtaining copies of the document(s).

Tips for Searching

Note: The Index to the Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 is not included in KeyName Search.

Search for more than one name

Simply enter each name (surname and/or first name) separated by a comma. No spaces.

Wildcard character %


The wildcard character - % - can represent any character in a keyword. For example:

Smith% will return all entries that start with "Smith", whereas
%Smith% will return any entries that have "Smith" somewhere in the name (such as "Shoesmith")


The wildcard character is also very useful when searching for an entry by an option other than surname. For instance, a search of:

%Windsor% in a locality or description field will find the word "Windsor" anywhere in that field

Sort the search results by clicking the column headings

For example:


Click the "Surname" column to sort from A-Z. Click it again to sort from Z-A.


This is a particularly useful option to use in the "Date" column. Click to sort earliest to latest. Click again to reverse the order.

Having trouble searching?

If you are experiencing problems, we suggest you clear all the browser caches and try your search again. If you are using Internet Explorer simply select Tools -> Internet Options and clear the files in the 'Temporary Internet Files' option. Restart your web session from our homepage.


If the search form page is left idle for a period of time it may time-out and you will need to re-start your session. Simply go to the State Records homepage and then select Indexes Online from the blue horizontal bar.

Search performance

The search facility has been optimised for the fastest response, however, sometimes you may experience slow performance due to high Internet traffic. If this is the case, try to search when network activity is expected to be lower. Also check that your modem/router is operating at its optimum speed.


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