Early descriptions of South Australia

A list of 19th century sources compiled by Brian Samuels to assist authors and researchers to locate useful background material on South Australia (Early descriptions of South Australia pdf).

South Australian History Network (History Trust of SA)

The South Australian History Network encompasses over 300 organisations around the State. It’s an informal network that intends to bring together all those interested in or actively engaged in collecting, preserving and sharing our South Australian community history. The website includes an events calendar, a trip planner, news items, a variety of help sheets and an organisations directory.

SA Memory (State Library SA)

The home page of this State Library of South Australia website says that ‘SA Memory is an online gateway to South Australian history, heritage and culture. This multimedia website focuses on the South Australian experience – what makes South Australia unique. SA Memory illustrates and interprets themes to highlight South Australia’s people, places, issues and events from the colony’s beginnings to contemporary times’.

SA History Hub (History Trust of SA)

Another History Trust of SA initiative, the Hub’s About page says ‘the SA History Hub is an interactive way of engaging with the history of our state. This site is built on stories of South Australia’s people, places and events, the city streets and the buildings and monuments that line them, and the events that enliven them … The SA History Hub is a work in progress and will grow over time as we, and you, contribute more about South Australia. It aims to become a comprehensive and multifaceted history that reflects South Australia in all its complexity and richness’.

South Australian Heritage Database

This database provides an up-to-date listing of both State Heritage Places created under the Heritage Places Act 1993 and Local Heritage Places and State Heritage Areas created under the Development Act 1993.

Some State Heritage listings include statements of heritage significance that provide a useful summary of a place’s importance. Further information about the management of heritage is available on this web page and via the links on its left hand side.

Digitised South Australian Heritage Surveys (Heritage SA)

Heritage SA has digitised its extensive collection of heritage surveys amassed since it was established in early 1978 and they can be downloaded from this site:


Discovering South Australia’s History

The Discover South Australia’s History site was created by the Professional Historians Association (SA) to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of South Australia in 2011. It comprises entries written by members of the PHA (SA). Many of these entries have never appeared in public before, while others are reproduced because the original item is now out of print or not otherwise digitised. All are focused on the history of South Australia. They vary in length from paragraph entries to substantial essays, chapters and reports. 

Digitised South Australian Newspapers

The National Library of Australia’s wonderful web portal Trove, amongst many other services, provides free access to over 140 digitised SA newspapers. The advanced search option is especially valuable, allowing you to specify date ranges, the specific papers you want to search, and much more.

SA Newspaper Pen-names

Pen-names of South Australian cartoonists and journalists.

Kindred Organisations

Click on the link below to be taken to a related webpage which provides contacts for other South Australian historical societies that might be of use.