Local History

Port Adelaide Library is home to the City of PAE's Local History Collection. This collections sits in its own 'wing' within the library, and as part of our recent library refurbishment, you can access the collection any time that the library is open.

We also have dedicated Local History Officers on hand to assist you with all of your local history queries. Simply pop by the branch or call 8405 6580.

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  • Published and unpublished resources relevant to the area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
  • Birth, Death, and Marriage indexes for South Australia
  • 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



Mayors Reports


For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or email us at service@cityofpae.sa.gov.au.
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