Archive and Research
Our archives are only open on Tuesdays between 2pm and 5pm by appointment. Postal and emailed enquiries will be attended to upon receipt of the completed enquiry form and relevant fee.
The society archive welcomes inquiries from members, students, family historians, consultants, and researchers.
Research inquiries by mail or email on a completed enquiry form and accompanied by the standard fee (see below) are appreciated as inquiries without payment will not be actioned To enable us to assist you please complete as many of the details as possible on our downloadable inquiry form, noting the source of the information. The more details you can provide, the greater the possibility that we can assist with your inquiry. Please send the completed inquiry form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and deposit funds to the society’s bank account – Yass & District Historical Society, Westpac, Yass BSB 032 771 Account No 12 0621 quoting your name on the deposit.
Alternatively mail the completed enquiry or order forms with the appropriate payment to
|Yass and District Historical Society Inc|
|P O Box 304|
|Yass NSW 2582|
Lengthy research and copies of documents and images will be charged separately.
Most materials in the archive may be photocopied or photographed, subject to copyright guidelines, permissions access, and the physical condition of the material.
The society accepts direct deposits, cheques, or postal orders as payment for goods and services.
To order archival material or images from the collection please download the order form.
Standard inquiry fee(up to one hour)
|Digital images emailed each.|
Please add an extra $5 to the total order if images or files are required on the USB device.
Our archive is situated upstairs in the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, Comur Street with the entrance located in the laneway between the hall and the NRMA.
Please note – copies of documentation and images are provided for personal use and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced in any
format without the express permission of the Society. If you wish to reproduce material or an image in any
form you will be required to complete a permission form.
The area represented in the archival collection approximates that of the area covered by Yass Valley Council. A wide range of records include the following:
Highlights of the collection
|Local burial & monumental inscription records||St Clement’s Anglican Church registers|
|NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages on CD-Rom||Index to Bench books 1835-1871|
|Electoral rolls||Yass Police Court Letters Book & Court of Requests|
|Census records||Commercial and pastoral directories|
|Rates & Valuations since 1898||Livestock brands 1857-1929|
|Conditional Purchase Indexes 1861- 1865||Goulburn Herald 1848-1857 (microfilm)|
|Yass Courier 1857-1929 (microfilm)||Southern Argus 1881-1887 (microfilm)|
|Yass Tribune clippings||Miscellaneous directories|
|Ephemera collections||The digitized and indexed photographic collection|
|Extensive collection of district maps||Records related to war service of local personnel|
|Records of Community Organisations||WWII rationing cards|
|Local family history files||General Return of Convicts 1837|
|Local history publications||Convict Indents|
|Journals and newsletters||NSW Convict Census & Ticket of Leave Holders for Yass District|
|Historic buildings information||Exchange journals with local and family history groups|
Highlights of the collection
- Collection of some 400 images of World War One soldiers and nurses
- Extensive map collection featuring many first edition parish maps
Extensive map collection featuring many first edition parish maps
Records of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows from c1870
The fully searchable digitized photographic collection