State Records of South Australia
The State Records
of South Australia is the repository for records generated
by State Government Departments.
Access to the collection is by visiting the reading room
at the State Library North Terrace Adelaide. Access is available Monday to Friday and first Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The collection is held at Cavan and so there is a lengthy wait for records if you do not pre-order by the website ot telephone.
Oversized and fagile items have to be viewed at the Gepps Cross repository by appointment only at
115 Cavan Road. This site is is poorly served by public transport.
The extensive collection is organised into series reflecting
the government departments that generated the material.
Often researchers will need the services of an archivist
to work their way through the system which can be quite
difficult to grasp. Like all major archives, the collection
is based on the origins of the material rather than its
subject as with a library and that may mean searching a
number of series to obtain the material sought.
A brief summary of the holdings has been published in Ancestors
in Archives which is a very useful publication for
planning your visit.
There is no charge for access to the collections but there
are copying charges.
Material relating to South Australian research of particular
interest to family historians includes:
Note: Not all records in all categories are complete.
- Almanacs, Directories and Gazetteers
- Biographical indexes
- Burial registers (some)
- Electoral Rolls (State)
- Gaol records
- Government Correspondence files
- Government Employee records
- Government Publications
- Hospital records
- Inquests, Coronial Inquiries and Burial Orders
- Insolvency records
- Land Ownership and Occupation records
- Local government records
- Pre-registration BDM records
- School records
- Shipping records
- 1841 Census
See also: Understanding how State Records of SA
manages its collection