Colonial Office and Predecessors: New South Wales Original Correspondence

CO 201
Colonial Office and Predecessors: New South Wales Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to New South Wales. Also includes correspondence relating to Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania) up to 1825.


Bound volumes arranged chronologically within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations) and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). Each volume with a contents list, or précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter. In the early period there are separate volumes for Port Jackson, Norfolk Island, Hobart Town and Port Dalrymple. The series includes a large number of case volumes.

Related Material:
For later correspondence relating to Van Diemen's Land see CO 280
For registers to this correspondence before 1849 see CO 326
For registers to this correspondence after 1849 see CO 360
For correspondence after 1900 see CO 418
For indexed précis of correspondence see CO 714
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Copies held at:
Microfilm copy available at the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, and the
State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library, Australia
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
629 volume(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

New South Wales was named by Captain Cook who landed at Botany Bay in 1770. In 1788 a settlement was founded. In 1901 New South Wales joined the new Commonwealth of Australia.

Originally New South Wales administered much of eastern Australia. Tasmania was separated in 1825, Victoria in 1851 and Queensland in 1859. New Zealand was also under New South Wales until 1841.

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