The National Archives of Australia Adelaide
The National Archives of Australia is the offical repository
for records generated by the Commonwealth Government. Each
captial city in Australia has a branch office. The branch
offices usually hold records generated within that state
or territory. The Adelaide office reading room is open Tuesday
to Friday 9:30am–3:30pm at the South Australian Archives
Centre at 26–28 Leigh Street Adelaide SA 5000. The
postal address is GPO Box 9868 Adelaide SA 5001. You can
telephone: (08) 8204 8787, fax: (08) 8204 8793 and email:
firstname.lastname@example.org The website remains at: naa.gov.au.
The records in the collection date mostly from Federation
in 1901. In the case of SA a number of colonial records
are held as these were handed over to the Commonwealth.
||Customs records from 1841 (D5063)
Buildings associated with coastal ports.
Very few records relating to custom posts on the NSW/VIC
Distilling and beer making records from late 1880s.
See Fact sheets: 26,
||Coastal fortifications in Adelaide, HMCS Protector
log books and Defence records from mid 1880s.
Fact sheet: 91.
|| Pre-1904 naturalisation certificates and memorials.
Fact sheet: 87.
||Shipping registrations; Crew engaement, discharge
and desertion; lighthouse records.
||Adelaide Observatory records.
The Defence series includes Boer War 5th Contingent, World
War 2 pay files (Fact sheet 132)
and enlistments, but not World War 1 records. World War I
& II internee, alien and POW records (Fact sheets 106
Some published material on microform is also available.
Genealogical inquiries on records in the collection can be
submitted online using an inquiry form. The Archives provides
reference assistance free of charge but they are unable to
undertake in-depth research on your behalf. [Charges apply
to copying services.]
They also maintain an extensive collection of fact sheets
which can be accessed via their web
In 2001, 90% of the collection was inappropriately removed
from the Adelaide Office and relocated interstate, mainly
in Sydney. In late 2009, it was announced that the remainder
of the collection will be relocated and the office closed.