The Witch of Kings Cross

Amidst the bohemian neighbourhood of Kings Cross in the mid 20th century, the self-proclaimed ‘witch’ Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) was hard to miss; a crop of raven hair, thinly arched eyebrows and gap between her crooked teeth. Norton claimed she was born in a... read more

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There is virtually nothing in Sydney that has not, at some stage, had the hand of an engineer pass over it. The designs of our roads, bridges, buildings, houses, cars, buses, chairs, bollards, even the sound of a band and acoustics of a concert have all had... read more


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Congratulations to Terry Kass on the publication of his much anticipated book > 'Unlocking Land: A Guide to Crown Land Records held at State Archives NSW' is THE land guide we’ve all been waiting for!

This truly Indispensable reference aid is a must read for those researching the (often) complex subject of land.

Terry has shared his vast knowledge and research experience in 'Unlocking Land'. It is a culmination of decades of research and using our collection of historical NSW land records. With an overview of land legislation and administration this very practical guide also includes helpful notes and tips that will be of use to all NSW land researchers, even beginners.

Terry generously shares his time and knowledge with us each time he visits the @NSWarchives reading room and we are very much looking forward to reading this new book.

To purchase your own copy email terry[at]

Pic: Terry Kass with Lead Archivist, Emily Hanna at the Western Sydney Record Centre.
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