Berri Barmera Local Heritage Collection, South Australia

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Berri Barmera Local Heritage Collection, South Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Berri and Districts Local Heritage Collection, South Australia


  • Municipal

Contact area



Street address

Berri Library PO Box 594, Kay Avenue, Berri




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



Berri Library: 08 8595 2666; Barmera Library: 08 8588 2872



Description area


Both Berri and Barmera libraries in the Riverland region of South Australia hold local history collections, although the Berri Barmera Local Heritage Collection at the Berri Library and Information Centre is the more comprehensive.

This collection was opened in 1996 with the support of the District Council of Berri and the local community, the collection has continued to grow, containing today, many photographs, pamphlets, books, un-published works and numerous other items. For further information, see the website.

Geographical and cultural context

Berri and Barmera are primarily agricultural and viticultural towns in the Riverland region of South Australia.

Berri is 238 kilometres north-east of Adelaide on the north bank of the Murray River. Barmera is on the Sturt Highway A20, 220 kilometres north-east of Adelaide and is located on Lake Bonney Riverland, a freshwater lake.

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Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Collection contains books, photographs, ephemera pertaining to Riverland District, particularly Berri Barmera Council area.



Some examples include:

  • Local photographs – many of them digitised as part of the Berri Centenary Project in 2010/11.
  • Local and South Australiana published works
  • Genealogy resources: includes books, CDRoms and Original Death Certificates for the District of Murray
  • Vertical files of local information, eg on Loveday Internment Camp, old tourist information, early reminiscences
  • Indexed Local Newspaper cuttings from 1937 onward
  • Local video footage and oral histories
  • Local organisation newsletters, magazines, records.

Finding aids, guides and publications

You can search the published items held in the collection by using the online catalogue (see

Access area

Opening times

For opening hours of the Berri and Barmera libraries, see

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

General reference services are available.

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Berri Library PO Box 594, Kay Avenue, Berri
Berri, South Australia 5343