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History Hub

The History Hub creates an opportunity to connect with Adelaide’s past and record its present. The Hub includes the Adelaide Picture Collection which offers over 1000 photographs dating from the mid-19th Century. Among the images are views of City streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events, services and infrastructure. The History Hub had dedicated spaces at both the City Library and North Adelaide Library and Community Centre.

Browse the History Hub Collection Now!

The Adelaide Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour

The tour explores the stories behind Adelaide’s alleged hauntings and crimes, while shedding light on some our city’s more chilling history. The tour is a collaboration between paranormal investigator Allen Tiller, sound recordist Anthony Frith, and Adelaide City Libraries. It was designed and developed based on research from Allen’s history residency at the libraries in 2016, along with a range of ghost stories brought forward via public consultation sessions.

Explore the self-guided audio tour at:

Remembering My Streets

Help us save historic memories! Let us capture your important stories or memories and share them with the community. 

New theme each month.

Visit North Adelaide Library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings from 11am. 

Visit City Library on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm.

Reserve a History Hub Computer

Come in and explore the City Library’s History Hub resources. You can book a dedicated History Hub computer for your individual historical research.

Book History Hub Computer Right

Book History Hub Computer Left

Re-Live Adelaide

The Adelaide City History Hub is running a community-based photographic digitisation project.

Be part of recording Adelaide’s past by bringing in your own historical photos (pre 2000) relating to Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide Trams, North Adelaide Streets or Victoria Square. These will be scanned and uploaded to the Re-Live Adelaide digital collection and available to view from the library catalogue.

To have your photos scanned and included in the Re-Live Adelaide digital collection, bring your photos to your nearest Adelaide City Library or Community Centre.

View the Re-Live Adelaide Collection now!

Read about the project here:

8 August - Time to Start Sharing Our Finds

DOWNLOAD TO READ: Time to Start Sharing Our Finds

1 August - Out and About


25 July - Before the Glenelg Tram there was the Glenelg Train

DOWNLOAD TO READ: History Hub Volunteer Angeline Buckler Investigates

18 July - Memories!

DOWNLOAD TO READ: Steven's third weekly update

11 July - A Quick Resource Guide to the City’s Photo History

DOWNLOAD TO READ: Steven's second weekly update

3 July Update – Re-live Adelaide is Alive!

DOWNLOAD TO READ: Steven's first weekly update here 

Become a Volunteer

Share your love of history and become a History Hub Volunteer! You will have the opportunity to run one-on-one training of the City Library’s online historical resources with members of the public, along with getting hands-on with scanning and cataloguing projects.

Check out our current vacancies now! 

Contact Us

We’d love to hear of any projects or equipment that you would like to use in the History Hub. Contact us with your ideas: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (08) 8203 7990

History Hub, City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide (via Francis Street or Da Costa Arcade).

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