National Archives of Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue,
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8204 8787
GPO Box 9868, ADELAIDE SA 5001
10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday, closed public holidays.
Please note: You must pre-order records for viewing in the reading room. Records will be retrieved once a week on Mondays. You can submit an advance request to view records.
The Somerville Reading Room is shared between the National Archives, State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia. Researchers can access Commonwealth, State and local government records and private records at the one location.
The closest parking station is Wilson's Car Park at 251 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
The State Library is serviced by bus stop G1 on North Terrace. The Library is 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 in front of the State Library on North Terrace. The nearest taxi rank is in Gawler Place.
All public areas of the State Library are wheelchair accessible.
Public toilets with disabled facilities are available on Level 1 of the Spence Wing.
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