Background

Prior to 1911 the area now known as the 'Australian Capital Territory' was administratively part of New South Wales. Between 1 January 1911 and 29 July 1938 it was officially known as the 'Federal Capital Territory'. 

No online indexes are currently available for searching any births within the Federal Capital Territory / Australian Capital Territory. Nor are marriage or death records available prior to 1930. For births in the Canberra region prior to 1918 see the indexes of New South Wales. For marriage and death records prior to 1930 also see New South Wales. Registrations of these events in the Canberra region may be recorded under the Districts of Queanbeyan or Yass.

  • The ACT Historic Marriage Index for the period 1930-1936 is freely available for viewing and downloading as a PDF document. The Index contains the marriage registration number, given names and surnames of both parties, and the date of marriage.
  • The ACT Historic Death Index for the period 1930-1973 is freely available for viewing and downloading as a PDF document. This Index contains the death registration number, given names and surname of the deceased, the date of death and, in some entries, the given names and surnames of the deceased's father and mother.

In addition to the above, deaths, funerals and burials can also be identified through the following online resources:

Networked within the Library

The following CD-ROM indexes are available via eResources and include entries for deaths, funerals and in memoriam notices from the Canberra Times. Each CD-ROM provides content in the form of an  Excel spreadsheet:

Further information

For further information about civil registrations in the Federal Capital Territory / Australian Capital Territory and to obtain certificates please contact the Office of Regulatory Services.