Archive and Research

Resources held at our archive.[YDHS Inc]

The society archive welcomes enquiries from members, students, family historians, consultants and researchers.

Research enquiries should be submitted on a completed enquiry form by post or email.

To enable us to assist you please complete as many of the details as possible on our downloadable enquiry form, noting the source of the information. The more details you can provide, the greater the possibilty that we can assist with your enquiry.

The research fee can be enclosed with the enquiry or paid direct to our bank account.

Mail completed enquiry or order forms with the appropriate payment or paid to our account Yass & District Historical Society, Westpac, Yass BSB 032.771 Account No 12.0621

Yass and District Historical Society Inc
P O Box 304
Yass NSW 2582

Emailed enquiries can be sent to [email protected]

Lengthy research and copies of documents and images are 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 cheques or postal orders and direct deposits to our bank account as payment for goods and service.

To order archival material or images from the collection please download the order form.

Standard enquiry fee(up to one hour)
Each additional hour



Digital images on CD.


If you wish to visit the archive it is situated upstairs in the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, Comur Street with the entrance located in the laneway between the hall and the NRMA.

Opening hours: Tuesdays - 2pm to 5pm

First Saturday of the month - 11am to 3pm.

The archives are currently closed to researchers due to Covid-19
however postal or emailed enquiries will be attended to.

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.

Rachel Duddleston, Queen of the Allies candidate, 22 March 1916. [YDHS Inc]


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
  • Records of the Manchester Unity independant Order of Oddfellows from c1870
  • Fully searchable digitised photographic collection



Records held

The area represented in the archival collection approximates that of the area covered by Yass Valley Shire. A wide range of records include the following:

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 Digitised 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
WWI portraits  


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All images on this website are the property of the Yass & District Historical Society Inc and must not be used for any purpose without the express permission of the Society.

This page last updated:21 July 2020