ArchivesACT provides access to ACT Government records that are more than 20 years old.



ArchivesACT is pleased to be able to welcome back visitors to our Fyshwick reading room following our temporary closure due to COVID-19 health and safety measures. Some of our services have changed to be able to meet mandated restrictions. We still need to take precautions and limit the number of people in the reading room to protect the community and our staff.

We are required to temperature test any researchers whose visit will extend beyond 30 minutes. Physical distancing measures and building capacity limits will apply. Visitors must use hand sanitiser and enter their name and contact phone number on a register when entering the reading room.

You will still need to request records in advance and make a booking before you visit to view original records.

Please do not visit the reading room if you are feeling unwell. We appreciate your understanding and support as we work towards a return to normal services.

About us

ArchivesACT was established in 2008 as a section of the Territory Records Office. The role of ArchivesACT is to facilitate access to the ACT Government archives.

Start your research

ArchivesACT are here to help you begin your research journey by providing finding guides, recommending relevant records and facilitating access to original material.

Find of the month

A novel and/or topical subject based on files and objects from our archives.

Property & tenancy registers

Interested in your house history? These registers document the history of government public housing in Canberra up until 1968.

Repat and Rabbits: WW1 soldier settlement in the ACT

Read histories of the Soldier Settlers in the Canberra region.

Yarralumla Nursery Records

Explore digital copies of approx. 15,500 cards detailing the activities of the Yarralumla Nursery.

Chief Minister's Governance Lecture

Access resources from past lectures.

Public Access Website

Go to the ACT Government’s Open Access Website for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act 2016.

ArchivesACT images

Go to Flickr to access the ArchivesACT image library.