National Archives of Australia
South Australian Archives Centre
26–28 Leigh St, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8204 8787, Fax: (08) 8204 8793
GPO Box 9868, ADELAIDE SA 5001
9.30am–3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday, closed public holidays.
The reading room will be closed for Christmas from 25 December to 1 January. It will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014. Records for viewing in the reading room on 24 December or 2 January must be requested before 20 December. Any requests made after 20 December will not be available until Friday 3 January.
Please note: You must pre-order records for viewing in the reading room. Records will be retrieved within 48 hours. You can submit an advance request to view records.
The reading room is shared between the National Archives and State Records of South Australia. Researchers can access Commonwealth, State and local government records at the one location.
The closest parking stations are on Hindley St, within 300m.
The South Australian Archives Centre is serviced by bus stops along Currie St and King William St. The Archives are 300m from the Rundle Mall tram stop and 500m from the Adelaide Railway Station. Maps and timetables are available from adelaidemetro.com.au. Tel: 1300 311 108.
Taxis can drop off at the door. The nearest taxi rank is at the corner of King William and Grenfell Streets.
All public areas of the South Australian Archives Centre are wheelchair accessible.
Public toilets with disabled facilities are on the basement level.
Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.
The collection in Adelaide
The Adelaide office holds a small but diverse collection ranging from nineteenth century colonial records to substantial holdings on immigration and defence in the twentieth century.
Of particular interest are the Defence Science and Technology Organisation records and material relating to railways and internment in South Australia.
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation records include files, slides and plans of the Woomera testing site. This collection also includes the human side of the missile testing in South Australia with the Gibber Gabber newsletter, and Bulldust news sheet produced by staff involved in atomic bomb testing.
The railway collection contains files, plans, and photographs, captures the broad history of mainland rail – Australian National as well as Central Australian Railways, Northern Australian Railway and the Trans Australian Railway – reflecting South Australia’s central role in the rail industry.
The records of the Loveday internment camp document security service aspects of individual people’s internment. They include personal particulars, arrangements for appeal and release, security service, tribunal notes and mail censorship material.
Further information about the records collection of State Records of South Australia can be found at: www.archives.sa.gov.au