Our Resource Centre at 379 Kent Street has lift access and accessible toilet facilities. 

If you prefer not to use the life you can reach the second floor via the fire stairs.  Please call us on 9299 5151 on approach so we can give you access (there is also an intercom at the front entrance) 

Richmond Villa at 120 Kent Street is an historic three storey property (originally built 1849) and both the seminar room and bathrooms are only accessible via stairs.  There is no lift.  However the Manuscript & Image collection and stack material can be accessed on the ground floor where wheelchair access can be arranged.

If you require special assistance to use our collections or attend a seminar, please telephone in advance and speak to our staff, who will be happy to try to assist you.


Our main resource centre is at 2/379 Kent St. This is on the western side of Kent Street between King & Market Streets, and slightly closer to Town Hall than Wynyard railway station.  The nearest commercial carpark is a few doors along at 383 Kent Street and it offers reasonable weekend and early-bird rates, especially if pre booked. There is a cycleway along this part of Kent Street and street parking is extremely limited. 

Our Manuscript, library stack and seminar facilities are at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street.  This is at the northern (harbour) end of Kent St just past the approaches to the Harbour Bridge and adjacent to Observatory Hill. Wynyard Station (train and bus) is a 10 minute walk and ferries are 15 minutes away at Circular Quay. There is metered street parking outside the building.

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Every year the Society runs an Annual Fundraising Appeal, highlighting a specific area of the collection or focussing on an area of our operations.  Sometimes this Appeal is to raise funds, in other cases its focus is on an area of need, such as engaging more volunteers. All donations to the Annual Appeal over $2 are tax deductible.

Our current Appeal is Buried Treasures - focussing on raising funds to improve access to our wonderful cemetery resources. Read more or donate to the 2015 Appeal here.  

We are pleased to welcome members of the following societies as guests when they are visiting Sydney, on production of a current membership card (and letter of introduction if your membership card does not display an expiry date):

See below for our full contact information:

Guidelines for members and visitors using our collections are available here

The Society is a registered charity and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible when made to the Collections Fund.  This Fund is used to purchase library resources and improve the services and facilities for our members.  You can make a donation to the Collection Fund here.

We also accept donations of research papers and books - more details will be found here.

The Society simply couldn't exist without its team of dedicated volunteers.  Nearly everyone you encounter in the library, giving lectures, indexing records and helping at events will be an SAG volunteer. Becoming part of our volunteer team is a great way to make new friends and to share with others your passion for family history.  We're always looking for more help in the library, and sometimes have other tasks which can be undertaken for us from home, either short term or long term.  You don't have to be an experienced researcher to join the library ranks as you can learn on the job, but it is helpful if you have used the SAG library and have a good understanding of the basics of both Australian and overseas research.  Computer skills are also an advantage.  If you'd like to learn more about being a volunteer please speak to the staff next time you are in the building or contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Research Centre and Bookshop at Level 2, 379 Kent Street, Sydney, is open:

  • Tuesday 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm

Members have free access to the collections.  If you are not a member, the daily research fee is $20 per day per person. Bookings are not necessary.  The non-member $20 day fee is deductible from your first subscription/joining fee if you become a member on that day.  Click here for the full details of the benefits of membership.