Clare Regional History Group, South Australia

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Clare Regional History Group, South Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • CRHG


  • Community

Contact area


Research Officer



Street address

Clare Town Hall, Main Street, Clare
Postal address: PO Box 6, Clare 5453




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8842 4100 (when open)




Description area


The Clare Regional History Group was formed in April 1984. It developed in response to a community-felt need for a collection to house written and photographic materials relevant to Clare and the surrounding area.
Since then, through fund-raising and a grant, a range of equipment and software has been purchased to help ensure that written and pictorial history can be preserved and made readily accessible.
The Group is an incorporated, autonomous body which provides the skills, labour and some funding to develop the History Collection as an extension of the Council-owned Public Library facilities.
The collection is now housed upstairs in the Clare Town Hall in Clare's Main Street.

Geographical and cultural context

The town of Clare is located in the County of Stanley, in the mid north region of South Australia, 136 km north of Adelaide.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Curator

Records management and collecting policies

Regional history - photographic and written only.



The Clare History Group has gathered an extensive range of material, covering the history of Clare and the surrounding villages, and to some surrounding townships.
The large range of material covers items of historical value such as:

  • Clare's Northern Argus from 1869 to the present (or use Trove at the National Library's website)
  • The South Australia Register for the years 1836-1874 (or use Trove at the National Library website)


  • Church, School and Council records from the earliest days of the settlement in the area.



  • A Cemetery Index of all known burials and headstones in the immediate vicinity.
  • The Abbott Index to names in The Northern Argus and other early South Australian papers.
  • The Pattullo Land History of Clare, detailing transactions for the area of the Hutt River Special Survey,1841-1990.
  • Digger CDs for the the State Index to Births (1842-1928), Deaths (1842-1972) and Marriages (1842-1937) for the whole of South Australia. (The Group's local index extends beyond these dates slightly).
  • The Group's own Index of local material, arranged by surname, subject and locality is in development.

The collection also includes an extensive library of books published about the area, as well as family and district histories.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Fridays, 1-4pm; Saturdays on Fair Days; 2nd Saturday of each month. (Upstairs at the Clare Town Hall)

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available. Referral to paid researchers is available. Introductory brochure available.

Reproduction services

General copying services available.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 11 September 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Clare Town Hall, Main Street, Clare Postal address: PO Box 6, Clare 5453
Clare, South Australia 5453