If you were wondering where your ancestors lived you can search the NSW Electoral Rolls at the State Library of New South Wales.
We hold NSW Electoral Rolls from 1842 to 2008. The years 1842 to 1864 can be found on microfiche, 1859 to 1900 are on microfilm in cabinets and 1903 to 2008 are on microfiche on the Family History shelves, Lower Ground 2, of the Marie Bashir Reading Room. Ask at the Family History Service Desk for directions on how to find and search them.
To search the earlier rolls to 1989 you have to have an idea of where they lived as the names are listed alphabetically in suburbs within the Electorate Districts. From 1990 to 2008 the fiche are in alphabetical order and are easier to search.
Women were entitled to vote in the NSW and Federal Elections in 1902, therefore they may appear in the 1903 Electoral Rolls. Other states have different dates.
A person’s occupation was listed until 1984. Until 1972 you had to be 21 years of age and over to vote, but in 1973 the age was lowered to 18 years
The State Library also holds Electoral Rolls for other states, and some for New Zealand. Click here to see what we hold.
Ancestry.com have digitised some years, at this stage. For NSW they have digitised most years between 1930 to 1980.
New South Wales Electoral Rolls