State Records of South Australia

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Authorized form of name

State Records of South Australia

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Contact area


Archivist, Reference and Access Services



Street address

26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

Postal address:
GPO Box 1072, Adelaide 5001



Country name

Postal code


(08) 8226-7750


(08) 8204-8777


Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Manager

Records management and collecting policies

Official custodian for records of South Australian government, statutory authorities and local government bodies.



Local government records.
Department of Lands: Immigrant Ships' Papers 1849-1885; Lists of assisted immigrants 1845-1886; Various c1835-1985; Various lands records, journals, correspondence 1834-1850.
Hospitals Department: Admission Registers 1840-1926 (2.5m); Various c1848-1982.
Destitute Persons Department: Registers of Admissions 1870-1924.
Attorney General's Department: Coroner's Reports from Police 1879-1910. Corporate Affairs (ASC): Various c1884-1991.
Engineering and Water Supply Department: Various c1860-1990.
Police Department: Various c1838-1980.
Governor's Office: Letters patent 1836; Governor Hindmarsh's Commission 1836.
Colonial Secretary's Office: Correspondence 1836-1856.
Colonisation Commissioners: Despatches 1836-1847.

Quantity: 67,926 m (ACA Australian Archival Statistics, 1998)

Finding aids, guides and publications

Guide to Records Relating to Aboriginal People, 1836- (5 volumes)
Guide to Records Relating to Women, 1836- (5 volumes)
Guide to Records Relating to People of Non-English Speaking Backgrounds, 1836- .
Guide to Family History Sources (Ancestors in Archives) .

Access area

Opening times

Research Centres at Leigh Street in the City, and adjacent to Gepps Cross repository. Open Tues to Fri  9:30am-3.30pm. First Sunday of each month 11.00am to 5.30pm (Gepps Cross Only). Closed public holidays. General reference assistance available. Copying services for books, journals, original records to A3, microfilms, photographs, maps and plans. Introductory brochure available.

Access conditions and requirements

Minimum of 2 working days' advance notice of visit required Proof of identity required. Closed period of 30 years applies to most records. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by written authority from Chief Executive Officer of originating agency.


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Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 Postal address: GPO Box 1072, Adelaide 5001