Archives collection

The City of Adelaide Archives holds the archival records of the City of Adelaide, and the many individuals and organisations closely associated with it.

The records date from 1840 when the Council, which is Australia's oldest, was formed. 

Photo library

Photo library

Over 5,000 historic photos of Adelaide from 1860 to the 1970s are available online in the City of Adelaide Photo Library. Learn how to access them here.

Source sheets

Source sheets

Source sheets can point you in the right direction where you’re searching the City of Adelaide Archives collection. You’ll find the full list of sheets here.

Archives collection

The records and documents relate mainly to matters connected with the Council’s municipal governance of the city, North Adelaide and the surrounding Park Lands. They include files, volumes, maps, plans and other documents as well as a large collection of photographs.

It’s hard to imagine, but there are about 5,000 shelf metres of records stored at the Archives. Most of these can be made available to the public for research. For your convenience, we’ve sorted them into major groups.

They include:

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding the City Archives, or the services available, please contact one of the friendly staff:

08 8203 7439

City of Adelaide Archives, GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001

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