South Australia Archives and Libraries

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Archives in South Australia[edit | edit source]

Adelaide City Archives[edit | edit source]

Adelaide City Council Archives
GPO Box 2252
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (+61) 8 8203 7439
Fax: (+61) 8 8203 7336
Email: cityarchives@adelaidecitycouncil.com

Monday to Friday: 8.45am to 5.00pm
The Adelaide City Council, the oldest municipality in Australia, was founded in 1840. The documentary heritage of the City is preserved in the Archives, Civic Collection, and Oral History collections.The City Archives was established in 1978 when Council appointed the first archivist. Initially the Archives were located in the Adelaide Town Hall before moving to purpose-built archival standard accommodation within the Corporation-owned Topham Car Park in 1986.


State Archives of South Australia - Family History Links
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By clicking on the above link, you will be able to access the following:

Discovering Our Past[edit | edit source]

  • Australasian Government Family History Sources
    * South Australian Family History Sources
    * Other Family History Sources


Australasian Government Family History Sources
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  • Archives around Australia
    * Archives New Zealand
    * Archives Office of Tasmania
    * National Archives of Australia
    * Northern Territory Archives Service
    * Public Record Office of Victoria
    * Queensland State Archives
    * State Records Authority of New South Wales
    * State Records Office of Western Australia
    * Territory Records Office, Australian Capital Territory


South Australian Family History Sources
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  • Adelaide City Council Archives
    * Adoption and Family Information Services of South Australia
    * Anglicare SA
    * Births, Deaths and Marriages in South Australia
    * Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide Archives
    * Convent of Mercy, Adelaide
    * Family History of South Australia
    * Family History, State Library of South Australia
    * Land Services Group
    * Lutheran Church of Australia Archives
    * Public Trustee of South Australia
    * South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society Inc.
    * South Australian Maritime Museum
    * South Australian Migration Museum
    * South Australiana Collection, State Library of South Australia

Libraries in South Australia[edit | edit source]

The State Library of South Australia[edit | edit source]

Family history
The State Library Family History Collection specialises in South Australian resources. It is also strong in material relating to England and Ireland and includes a selection of interstate and other overseas resources.
The Family History Collection is in the Spence Wing on Level 1.

A staff member is stationed in the area weekdays from 10am to 5pm. Outside these hours, assistance is available at the information desk. While we can show you how to use the resources, we are not able to conduct searches on your behalf.
Family history starter guide
Family history collection - Fact Sheets
Electronic family history resources


New guides under development
The State Library of South Australia is currently reviewing the way Family History services are represented on our website. Based upon customer requirements and licensing restrictions for our databases (which unfortunately means we cannot provide access offsite), we will be presenting a number of new guides over the next few months using the Libguides application available from Springshare.
In the meantime, check out our new guides:

Family History starter guide
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Immigration to South Australia
Australian Convict Records
For more information please call (08) 8207 7250