Local History

Get lost in our area’s past with the City of PAE’s Local History Collection, located at Port Adelaide Library.

Look through our collection of books and photographs, family history, Birth, Deaths and Marriages indexes, cemetery records and maps. We also have dedicated Local History Officers on hand to assist you with all of your local history queries.

Want to know more about your family history? We hold regular one on one sessions with a Local History team member. For more information or to book a session, stop by Port Adelaide Library or call 8405 6580.

Local History Enquiry

Local History resources include:

  • Published and unpublished resources relevant to the area
  • Published histories of other South Australia localities
  • Port Adelaide Rate Assessment 1875 – 1902
  • Enfield Rate Assessment Books (microfiche) 1868 – 1993
  • Birth, Death, and Marriage indexes for SA
  • Birth, Death and Marriage certificates for Port Adelaide District
  • Cemetery records
  • Messenger newspapers
  • Government Gazettes 1843 – 1998 (some exceptions)
  • Police Gazettes 1862 – 1947
  • Passenger lists 1836 – 1851

Local History resources are available in various formats:

  • Photographs – available online via our library catalogue and our new Flickr page
  • Books
  • Ephemera
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Original papers
  • Newspapers
  • Oral histories
  • Maps
  • CD books

Online Resources

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