Photo library

Archival photographs in the City of Adelaide Photo Library date from 1860.

The bulk of the collection however, is from around the turn of the century to the 1970s. They include views of city streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events such as Royal visits and Mayoral garden parties.

Memorable collections

There are three main photo collections held by the Archives.

The Historical Picture Collection features about 1800 images, gathered together by the former Commercial Department during the 1970s.

The Lantern Slide Collection was assembled by Town Clerk A.J. Morison in the 1920s and 30s.

In the Commercial Department Photographic Collection, you’ll also find a collection of engineering photos, civic events, personalities and developments from the 1950s to 1970s.

Visit the Photo Library

There are over 5,000 photographs currently available to view online n the Archives Photo Library. Many of the images have been digitised in partnership with the Adelaide City library and funded by the Keith Sheridan bequest.

To view the archives' photos, go to the Archives Image Library and click on the ‘New Search’ tab in the upper left-hand corner.

You can also view more fascinating images of the City as it once was on the City of Adelaide Flickr page.

Need more information?

Contact the City of Adelaide Archives team:

Topham Mall Adelaide

08 8203 7439

Email the city archives