Adelaide City Council Archives
The Adelaide City Council Archives located in the Topham
Mall (off 55 Currie and 56 Waymouth Streets) Adelaide preserves
the records of the Adelaide City Council and
organisations closely associated with
it. The records date from 1840. The collection holds material
of special interest to family historians including:
• Assessment Books produced annually
from 1847 can help you find out the age and use of
properties and the names of the occupants and owners.
The archives office provides a reference service with records
more than 30 years old freely available to the public for
research in the Archives Reading Room.
Copying charges apply but there is no access fee.
• Citizens’ Rolls which are annual lists
of persons entitled to vote in municipal elections from
To qualify citizens
to either own or occupy property
within the City, and this included women.
• City Engineer’s Records consists of correspondence
and other records from 1852. These relate to planning,
construction, and maintenance of
streets, squares, drains, and bridges. There’s
also the Smith Survey which shows details of City buildings
• Licensing Records from 1854 deal with
the inspection and licensing of a range of business and
other activities carried on within the City, including
lodging houses, private hospitals,
places of public entertainment, taxi-cab owners, street
hawkers, milk vendors, street musicians, newspaper vendors,
motor car drivers, boot
blacks, and cow keepers.
• Health Records include such records as visits by the
Medical Officer of Health and Trained Nurse to premises
occupied by sufferers of infectious
• Parks and Gardens Records from 1856 include applications for
permits to depasture sheep and cattle on the Park Lands.
• Building Plans from 1924 relate to copies
of plans of all building work in the City, including
alterations and additions, submitted to the Council for
approval. Plans of many non-government
properties are available.
• Historic photographs from 1860.