Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Its our loss! Closure of Adelaide office of the NAA

The Adelaide office of the National Archives of Australia is due to close in March 2011. Forced to make cost cutting measures the smallest three offices will close. South Australia will loose a chunk of its history with the closure with records going interstate. This will mean, if you want to access records you pay to have them digitised or travel interstate to view them.

While this may not concern you all, it may if you want to trace your family history. In particular to Lithuanian immigrants, the Adelaide office may contain records of your family. In particular relevance are Alien registration documents (D4878)and Alien registration cards (D4881). At the moment you can view them and take copies for free with digital camera's in the Adelaide office.

To see if your family has records in the National Archives, log onto their site www.naa.gov.au and go to Collections - Records Search. Log on as a guest user and type in your surname.

You will have until March 2011 to access the Archives.

If you are angry about the closure you can keep up to date on what's happening through the History Council of SA website www.historycouncilsa.org.au

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