Open Day - It's All About You! - Friday 8 September 2017

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State Archives and Records NSW

161 O'Connell Street

Kingswood, NSW 2747


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Open Day 2017 - It's All About You!

For #HistoryWeek17, we are holding an Open Day on Friday 8 September 2017 from 10am to 4pm at our Western Sydney Records Centre, Kingswood and, It’s All About You!

Learn about your history – your house history, your family history and your local history.

Program of Events

Behind the Scenes Tours

Tour the state-of-the-art record storage facilities and conservation lab.

Talks and Presentations

See below for what's on offer!

All day any time

  • Films from the State Archives collection
  • Treasures of the State Archives
  • History and genealogy stalls
  • Secondhand book sale

Talks and Presentations

Session @ 10:20-11:00

A few of My Favourite Things

Hear about the top 10 archives from archivist extraordinaire, Gail Davis.
Presenter: Gail Davis

Gail Davis

Sessions @ 11:20-12:00

Capturing the Captured!

Hear about the fascinating stories and the work behind our new exhibition Captured: Portraits of Crime, 1870-1930.
Presenter: Dr Penny Stannard

Dr Penny Stannard


National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia collects and preserves Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity. Hear about the types of records held by the National Archives and how to find them.
Presenter: Paul Wood

NAA logo

Sessions @ 12:20-13:00

Save our Scrolls

Learn about the basic things you can do at home to protect your precious documents.
Presenter: Dominique Moussou

Dominique Moussou


Personal Recordkeeping in the Digital Age

Learn about practical tips to ensure the research and information you are creating today is accessible now and into the future.
Presenter: Dr Richard Lehane

Dr Richard Lehane

Sessions @ 13:20-14:00

Hear your House Talk

Looking at the sources used for researching the history of a house.
Presenter: Christine Yeats

Christine Yeats


The Hawkesbury Now and Then

Join us for an illustrated look at how the Hawkesbury has changed over time!
Presenter: Michelle Nichols

Michelle Nichols

Sessions @ 14:20-15:00


Take a chance with us on this talk. You won't be disappointed! Don't think it's a gap in the program, this will be a 'must see' highlight of the day!

Mystery talk


City of Sydney Archives

Discover and learn about the treasures of the City of Sydney Archives – one of Australia’s oldest local government archives.
Presenter: Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Sessions @ 15:20-16:00

10 Websites You Can't Live Without

Learn from one of Australia’s foremost family historians about the websites you can’t live without for your family history.
Presenter: Heather Garnsey

Heather Garnsey


Tracing NSW Gaol Birds

State archives sources and techniques to find all the details of your gaolbird ancestor.
Presenter: Suzanne Upton

Suzanne Upton

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Driving: O'Connell Street runs parallel to the Great Western Highway. From the west, make a right hand turn off the Great Western Highway and follow the road around. From the east, make a left hand turn off the Great Western Highway and follow the road around.

Public Transport: Buses from both Penrith and St Marys stations stop regularly at the Western Sydney Records Centre.

Full details here »

I'm bringing a friend to Open Day, how many people can I book in to a talk or a tour?

You can book places for up to four people.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is parking available?


What can I bring into the event?

For lecture sessions, a notepad and pen is a great idea!

Our second hand book stall will have plenty of reading material to purchase.

We will have a small number of food stalls and tables and chairs.

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State Archives and Records NSW

161 O'Connell Street

Kingswood, NSW 2747


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