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Privacy policy is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your Personal Information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?

Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we may collect includes names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers.

This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including correspondence, by telephone, by email, via our website, from your website, from media and publications, from other publicly available sources, or from cookies and from third parties. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

Sensitive Information

Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.

Sensitive information will be used by us only:

  • For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
  • For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
  • With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.

Third Parties

Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:

  • Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
  • Where required or authorised by law.

Security of Personal Information

Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

Access to your Personal Information

You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing. will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.

In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information

It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.

Policy Updates

This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.

Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries

If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us here.

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Free Resources for Australian Genealogists, Family Historians and Historical Researchers

Free Ancestry information for Australian family history research

GenData is a free resource for anyone searching for Australian ancestors.  Transcribed from various historical sources, our datasets are an invaluable tool for anyone tracing their genealogy through the Australian colonial period. You can search our datasets by last name or first name to discover people and places for free. 

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 We are continually adding new data and tools so check back regularly.

 Datasets are updated regularly as new information is transcribed.

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 Tools for family history are added as they are found and as our users make suggestions. 

 Some of our datasets and tools are unique to GenData, and best of all they're free! 

 We thank the genealogy-loving volunteers who painstakingly transcribe historical records to make this site possible

NSW Post Office directory 1903 - Sydney and Suburbs - L to Z

56,300+ records

Lists the names, occupations and locations of people in the NSW Sydney and Newcastles areas in 1903.


NSW Post Office directory 1903 - Sydney and Suburbs - A to K

57,500+ records

Lists the names, occupations and locations of people in the NSW Sydney and Newcastles areas in 1903.


Queensland Outdoor Relief 1892-1920

12,900+ records

Registers of government relief issued to needy persons.


New South Wales country directory 1903

75,900+ records

Lists the names, occupations and locations of people in NSW country areas in 1903.


New South Wales Magistrates 1858

790+ records

Lists the names of appointed magistrates in New South Wales in the year 1858.


Letters from home - Victoria

120,700+ records

Lists of unclaimed letters held at Australian Post Offices in the period 1830-1870.


Letters from home - Tasmania

4,200+ records

Lists of unclaimed letters held at Australian Post Offices in the period 1830-1870.


Letters from home - NSW

73,800+ records

Lists of unclaimed letters held at Australian Post Offices in the period 1830-1870.


Letters from home - South Australia

15,600+ records

Lists of unclaimed letters held at Australian Post Offices in the period 1830-1870.


Western Australia 1887

5,200+ records

A directory of persons living in Western Australia in 1887. This dataset includes the individual or company name, location and in …


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    Towns and districts of Australia in 1858

    This list shows the names and locations of the principal counties, districts, towns, rivers, and mountains of Australia as they were known in 1858. Read more
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    Your privacy is respected

    GenData is a completely free resource for anyone researching Australian Genealogy.

    You can search the databases, read the blogs and download any of the tools without any cost and without having to sign up. 

    At no time will you be asked for personal information when visiting this site, unless you choose to contact GenData by email, in which case obviously you will need to provide your email address so that you can receive a reply.

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    This site uses a Google Analytics cookie to understand how visitors use the site. The cookie is used to gather information about the pages you visit and how many clicks you need to accomplish a task and this info is used to then make the site better. 

    As no private user information is collected, no information is sold or passed to any third party. Period!


    The data available on this site is gathered from many different sources including old newspapers, gazettes etc and some freely available data sets.  Where possible data is gathered using an original source document, or document "of the day".

    While every effort has been made to ensure that information is accurate, it is always possible that mistakes can occur, things change, and improvements can be made. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by any person using this information or by any business, organisation or individual shown in the data.


    GenData came about after my passion for genealogy (and some inherited info) left me with some unique record sets for Australian Genealogy which I use both for my own purposes and to help others in their ancestral pursuits.

    In 2020, during various Covid-19 Pandemic lockdowns, I decided to work on this little project to make my data available to a wider audience. The result is

    Most of the data covers years as early as 1810 to around 1920 and spans every state in Australia. You will not find much in the records beyond 1920 due to the well abided by privacy rules.  There are many other sources of information available for the more recent decades including the subscriptions libraries such as and many government run websites where you may be able to access some contemporary records.

    For more freely available information sources, a good site to visit is

    I hope you will find the information useful and that it adds to your own body of research. 


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    Colonial Photographers

    800+ records

    The list details the some of the names and addresses of various Australian colonial photographers from 1850 onwards. Read more
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