Port Adelaide Enfield Public Library Service Local History Collection, South Australia

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Port Adelaide Enfield Public Library Service Local History Collection, South Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Port Adelaide Local History Collection (until 1996)
  • Enfield Local History Collection (until 1996)


  • Municipal

Contact area


Meredith Blundell



Street address

Port Adelaide Library, 2-4 Church Street, Port Adelaide




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8405 6580





Description area


Port Adelaide is an historic area which was central to the colonisation of South Australia dating right back to its inception in 1836 when Colonel William Light first sailed up the Port River. Port Adelaide has been the gateway to trade and commerce in South Australia and the first contact with South Australia for thousands of emigrants when they arrived by ship.

Enfield was predominantly a farming area, with fertile country along the River Torrens and wheat and grain fields in its northern reaches. The area boasts Sunnybrae Farm, the site of the first waterborne sewerage system in Australia; Yatala Gaol; the Sir Ross and Keith Smith England to Australia flight landing site and Klemzig, where German immigrants fleeing persecution in Prussia, established a village in 1838. Post World War II immigration saw the area change from agricultural to residential.

In 1996 the City of Enfield amalgamated with the City of Port Adelaide to become the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Material related to the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and also collect town histories of South Australia.



Local history resources include:

  • Published and unpublished resources relevant to the area
  • Published histories of other localities in South Australia
  • Port Adelaide Rate assessment, 1875-1902
  • Enfield Rate assessment books (microfiche), 1868-1993
  • Index to births, deaths, and marriages in South Australia
  • Birth, death and marriage certificates for the District of Port Adelaide
  • Cemetery records
  • Messenger newspapers, 1971- present
  • South Australia Government Gazettes, 1843-1998 (some exceptions)
  • South Australian Police Gazettes, 1862-1947
  • South Australian Passenger lists, 1836–1851.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Wednesday 9.30am-5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am-8pm
Friday 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-4pm.

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 20 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Port Adelaide Library, 2-4 Church Street, Port Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia 5015