This page lists ACT-related online, networked and microform resources as well as print publications available for use within the National Library.


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'.


Access Canberra

The ACT Government through their Access Canberra website currently provides the following historical indexes online, in the form of PDF files:

  • ACT Historic Marriage Index  (PDF version) (1930-1941)
    Includes marriage registration number, given names and surnames of both parties, and the date of marriage.
  • ACT Historic Death Index (PDF version) (1930-1986)
    Includes 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.

NB: 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.

Find My Past (World Edition)

You can find Find My Past (World Edition) by visiting our eResources portal and searching for this database under the Browse eResources tab. Currently, Find My Past has the following ACT-related BDM records available:

Networked within the Library

The following CD-ROM indexes are available through searching 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:

  • Canberra Times Index 1926-1970, and
  • Canberra Times Index 1971-1974