The Journal

The annual Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia was first published in 1975. In 1978 and 1980 two issues were published.

Membership of the Historical Society includes a copy of that year’s Journal.

Call for Papers

for the 2021 edition of the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia (JHSSA).

The Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia accepts contributions on historical subjects relating to South Australia or Australia. These may take the form of research articles, conference addresses, short research notes, photographic essays or occasional pieces.

Submissions should be forwarded to the editor, Dr Carolyn Collins, at by 2 April 2021.

Intending authors should download the following documents. Information for Authors sets out how articles should be submitted and provides a writing Style Guide. Author’s Information and Agreement serves three purposes: (1) you use it to provide basic contact information, (2) you provide formal permission to the Society to publish your paper, and (3) you assign any royalty payments generated by people downloading your article from the RMIT site (see below) to the Society. The reason that we ask you to do this is that the cost of forwarding any payments received are far in excess of the amounts actually generated (only a few dollars).
Please include a copy of this agreement when you submit your article to the editor.

Author’s Information and Agreement

Authors Info Aug 2020

Authors Agreement

Articles submitted for academic assessment are refereed, but the final decision on publication rests with the editor. The Historical Society of South Australia gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the peer reviewers.

Previous Issues

Past journals have been scanned can be accessed here:

Hard copies of the current and some previous Journals are available for $55 including postage. Use the ‘Contact Us’ tab to email the secretary with your request. 

Some back issues are available from Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, 196 North Terrace Adelaide. Email or phone them with your request.

Links to the Tables of Contents for recent issues and a Subject Index for Journals 1 to 42 are given below. The Subject Index contains bookmarks to take you to each subject heading. The text can also be searched for key words: use Find or Search in the Edit menu. To use these functions, you need to download a copy of the PDF onto your own computer.


Click on the above title to access an index to articles which have appeared in the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia from 1975 to 2014 (Nos 1 to 42) compiled by Brian Samuels (PDF 305 kB).

Tables of Content are also available for:




Full texts of articles from Journal No 22 (1994) to Journal No 43 (2015) are available online from RMIT Publishing as PDFs. There is a charge of $8 for each article payable to RMIT. Follow this link and choose the issue of interest or use the SEARCH function at the top of the Informit page. 

Since the first issue in 1975 all essays were indexed in the Australian Public Affairs Information Service (APAIS). APAIS was maintained by the National Library of Australia and closed in December 2013. It is now available from RMIT Publishing as Informit APAFT (Australian Public Affairs Full Text). Follow this link.

The Journal may also be accessed from various other library and associated websites. Access may depend on academic licences and other factors, so a Google search is recommended to find these.

The Newsletter

HSSA newsletter index

Click on the above title to access an index to articles which have appeared in the Newsletter of the Historical Society of South Australia from 1974 to 1992 (Nos 1 to 100) compiled by Kevin Hanigan & Sandra Morton, and edited by Brian Samuels (PDF 727 kB). 

For your interest, the first newsletter of the Historical Society can be found below.

Newsletter No.1 – Dec 1974

Contributions to the Newsletter, renamed History SA in December 1994, are always welcome. Use the Contact tab or refer to the information in the Newsletter.