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How to locate items in our catalogue and what books we provide in our Reading Room
Catalogue search tips
To find Australian cemetery or burial-related publications through the Library's catalogue, select the Browse Subjects option and try searching by subject heading. Some examples are listed below:
- Epitaphs Australia
- Sepulchral Monuments Australia
- Cemeteries Australia
- Registers of Births, etc. Australia
To locate items within a particular state, territory, region, city or town use the following format:
- Epitaphs New South Wales
- Epitaphs New South Wales Blue Mountains Region
- Epitaphs New South Wales Sydney
Some well known or large cemeteries have their own subject headings. For example:
In addition to browsing you can use different search terms alone or combined to identify a wide variety or location-specific items. The following are some examples that can be used:
'cemetery broken hill'
'burial records emu plains'
'parish register wee waa'
Results of such searches may reveal publications online, in other digital format (CD-ROM), on microform or in print.
In our Reference Collection
You can find the following print resources in the Newspapers and Family History zone Reference Collection unless otherwise specified:
Cemeteries in Australia: a Register of Transcripts. 1994.
An alphabetical listing of cemeteries and burial record locations.
Call number: RX 929.107209 C394-3
Sydney Burial Ground 1819-1901: Elizabeth and Devonshire Streets and History of Sydney's Early Cemeteries from 1788. 2001.
A history of Sydney's early burial grounds. Contains information on licences to bury, the removal of the Sydney Burial Ground in 1901 and monumental inscriptions.
Call number: RXq 929.5099441 J67
Family History for Beginners and Beyond. 2009.
Produced by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, this book is a valuable resource for new and experienced family historians alike.
Call number: RX 929.1072 FAM
The Last Word: Two Centuries of Australian Epitaphs. 2005.
A collection of epitaphs divided into ten themes. Also includes name and burial location indexes.
General Collection Call number: Nq 929.5 G465 (may be requested via the Library's catalogue)