Media release: Thursday, 14 August 2014
Adelaide researchers now have access to three separate collections in one place, with the National Archives having moved to the State Library of South Australia building on North Terrace, along with State Records of South Australia.
'We're very pleased that we have been able to join our colleagues here in the cultural precinct to offer a single point of access for local researchers,' said National Archives Director-General David Fricker at the official launch of the new premises today. 'We're sure the public will see this as a positive move, especially if they regularly need to use records from a number of institutions.'
The National Archives offers a diverse range of archival records for family historians and other researchers. At its new location in the State Library, original documents, from 19th-century colonial records to substantial holdings on immigration and defence in the 20th century, can be viewed in the Somerville Reading Room.
Of particular interest, in the Adelaide collection are records relating to internees and prisoners of war in South Australia, the Woomera missile testing site, and the history of mainland rail in Australia.
Reference officers are available to talk about the collection and to offer help with family history and historical research. As well as being available in the reading room, other records preserved in National Archives' repositories around Australia can be viewed online: www.naa.gov.au
The National Archives reading room service in the Somerville Reading Room is available from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.