Using the South Australian Land Titles
The information maintained by the Land Titles Office contains
a wealth of information for family historians.
By accessing the historical information of the register
book people can research the history of a particular piece
of land owned by their ancestors. You can even find death
details of land owners. .
Under the Real Property Act 1886, the Registrar General
maintains a register book of records in relation to land
under the Torrens System. The Register Book is a public
record that includes Certificates of Title and all instruments
registered under the Real Property Act. Most of the register
book has been computerised with 95% of the title register
converted to electronic format. Not all historical information
is available by a computerised search. To access historical
information you will need to visit the Records Service Centre
on the ground floor of the Lands
Titles Office at 101 Grenfell Street to access the register
which is free although printouts attract a fee.
If you are conducting a search for family history and you
do not have the address you will need:
• the full name of the ancestor
• the timeframe in which they would have registered
a land dealing such as when they bought or sold a property.
this information you can then search the microfilm index
of Real Property Act documents, dating back to 1858, to
find the title reference number. Once you have the title
reference number, you can view the title and trawl through
documents of the Real Property Act until you find the information
you require. This may require referring back to documents
called NUA meaning Not Under the Act and these are documents
that were registered before to the Real Property Act (aka
Torrens Title System) was introduced in 1858. To view these
documents you need to visit the Old System Section at Building
4A, 300 Richmond Road, Netley SA 5037 (formerly 39
Carrington Street Adelaide: pictured).
Some Real Property Act documents may not be available on
site and need to be ordered from the storage facility. This
could take one to two days.
Access to current records is available online via Property
Assist. The system integrates land information from
all State Government agencies to provide you with current
information from various online databases. All you need
to use the system is a:
• suitably configured browser
• current credit card