1841 Census—South Australia

In the case of South Australia, the 1841 Census was undertaken over a period of time. Research indicates that Adelaide itself was undertaken before Christmas 1840 while the metropolitan villages were completed by the end of February 1841 and the country districts by Easter. This return is quite limited not only in its coverage but also in its content. The South Australian 1841 Census has been published with permission of the Premier's Department by Adelaide Proformat. The information in this return is quite limited and as a consequence an attempt has been made to add biographical information to the entries. This in turn is limited to the circumstances evident at the time of the census and thus the user cannot expect to find the names, for example, of children born after the census was taken. This material is continually being updated. The bulk of the additional biographical material comes from the following…
• Register of Emigrant Labourers seeking Free Passage 1836–1841
• 1840 SA Directory
• 1841 SA Directory
• SA Pre-civil Registration Births to mid 1842
• SA Pre-civil Registration Marriages to mid 1842
• SA Pre-civil Registration Deaths to mid 1842
• Biographical Index of South Australians 1836–1885 [BISA]
• Hotels and Publicans in South Australia
• Government Gazettes to 1842
The material is arranged into the districts proclaimed in the province at the time (see map).

District A: north of Bay Road (now Anzac Highway) & Greenhill Road excluding Adelaide but including Port Adelaide and west of Mt Lofty.
District B: south of Bay Road and Greenhill Road to 3510 and west of Mt Lofty.
District C: from 3510 [i.e. mouth of the Onkaparinga River] to 3520 [i.e. base of Sellicks Hill] and west of Mt Lofty.
Adelaide Metropolitan villages: Albert Town (Alberton); Bowden; Goodwood; Hindmarsh; Islington; Kensington; Klemzig; Macgill (Magill); Port Adelaide; Prospect; Thebarton; Unley; Walkerville.
Encounter Bay District including Currency Creek and Inman valley.
Mount Barker District including Mr Smillie and Mr Hack and the Angas Surveys.
Northern Districts: included Houghton area, Gawler and the Barossa Valley.
Port Lincoln
Many people living within the metropolitan area have been researched and biographical data located.

You can access further information by paying a fee for a single lookup including the purchase of a print of the enumerators' sheet from Graham Jaunay.

Alternatively, you can purchase a copy of the full census on CD. This product includes a fully searchable index, biographies of many listed people and scanned enumerators' sheets.

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