The Library holds a large number of Australian parish maps. Many of these include inserted diagrams of local cemeteries showing the layout and areas reserved for specific denominations. They may also included the date that a cemetery was formally dedicated.

A search of the Library catalogue using the term 'cemetery' and adding the limit 'Map' will provide a range of results of items held. You can also narrow the search to 'NLA digitised material' to view those maps online.

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 Australia 61

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: RX Australia 66

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 Australia 71

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)

Goulburn Pioneer Cemeteries

Grant, Jan L. & Penny, June F.  2013,  Goulburn pioneer cemeteries : St Saviour's, Mortis Street,Towrang Stockade, Jewish and St Patrick's college / Jan L. Grant and June F. Penny  Jan L. Grant and June F. Penny Dickson, A.C.T

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