New South Wales Electoral Rolls

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. Our Reading Room staff are always happy to help you locate and search them.

Here are some tips to help you find what you're looking for:

When searching rolls earlier than 1989, it helps to have an idea of where the person lived as the names are listed alphabetically, within suburbs in the Electorate Districts. From 1990 to 2008 the rolls are in alphabetical order and are easier to search.

Women were entitled to vote from 1902 for NSW and Federal Elections, so they may appear in the 1903 Electoral Rolls. For other states the date is different.

A person’s occupation was listed up until 1984 on the roll. Also up until 1972 you had to be at least 21 years of age to vote but in 1973 the age was lowered to 18 years old.

The State Library also hold Electoral Rolls for other states and some for New Zealand. 

For more help searching the electoral rolls use this guide. (PDF 212KB) .

 

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Polling Booth at Mingoola Hall, Mingoola, Mole Crossing, Tenterfield. 1924 - Tenterfield area, NSW.