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:

To locate items within a particular state, territory, region, city or town use the following format:

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'

'burial records emu plains'

'parish register'

'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)