Using more than one window/tab

To speed up downloading of images, it may be useful to open the image in another window or another tab. This may be achieved by clicking on the link with the right mouse button on a PC or holding down the mouse button on a Mac. This will give you the option of opening the link in a new browser window or tab. Click on this option and you can then continue reading the index or requesting another image while the first image file is downloading.


The source documents and volume numbers are quoted at the top of each index section. The page numbers are included in the filename for each image as the last four characters e.g. LA631057.gif was scanned from the Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of NSW 1863 page 1057. The file name is on the right hand side in the "Location" window on the browser toolbar. If the file name is not visible it may be seen by clicking on the extreme right hand end of the "Location" window on the toolbar.

Image Quality

The documents were scanned at a resolution of between 150 and 200 dots per inch (dpi). Although these are relatively low resolution images, they are also of relatively small file size and therefore download more quickly than high resolution images of the same format. They are at the same time of sufficiently high resolution to be legible and produce an acceptable hard copy.

The quality of the images varies according to the quality of the original documents. Many of these are faint, skewed, and may show high levels of "bleed-through". If you have trouble reading any of the documents, please let us know.


Success in printing the images will depend to a large extent on the version of the browser you use. Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3.2 and Firefox 3 allow you to use the Print Preview function to modify the printing setup to obtain the best possible result. You can change the orientation to landscape, change the scale and margins, and edit/remove headers and footers. With older browsers it is best to save the image to a suitable location (right-click -> Save Image As). You can then open the image in your photo editor or Paint program and use that program's printing functions. You can also insert the image into a word processor document and print from that.

If you have Microsoft Word, first save the image file you are viewing to disk and then open Microsoft Word and click on the following options: Insert: Picture: From File. Highlight the image file you wish to print and click on the Insert button. Microsoft Word will then import the image file onto a document page and you can print that page.

If you are unable to print the image files using the above methods, you can email us a list of the files you want printed. We will print the files and send them to you for a charge of $2 for the first page and 20 cents per page thereafter.


If you have any suggestions to make about material you would like to see on the site, please let us know (email:; similarly, if you are having problems with excessive download times or any other problem with the service.