Relocation of Adelaide Reading Room

Please be advised that from 3.30pm Friday 18 July the National Archives’ Reading Room services at Leigh Street will no longer be available. 

The Adelaide Office of the National Archives is relocating to the State Library of South Australia on North Terrace, and will operate out of the Somerville Reading Room from Tuesday 5 August 2014. 

If you wish to view records in the Leigh Street Reading Room up until 18 July you must submit your request by COB Friday 11 July. After this date requests will not be available to view until 5 August. 

During this time you can still submit reference enquiries, search our catalogue and view digitised records.

Adelaide office

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

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Opening hours

Reading room

9.30am–3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday, closed public holidays.

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.

Getting there

Car parking

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 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.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the South Australian Archives Centre are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

Public toilets with disabled facilities are on the basement level.

Assistance animals

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:

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