Local History Collection
The City of Port Adelaide Enfield Local History Collection is located in the Port Adelaide Library and provides resources and assistance to people researching the history of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield area.
Community Heritage Grants
In November 2011 the Library was awarded a $4,400 Federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a Significance Assessment of the Local History collection. Grants worth $408,000 were distributed to 82 Community groups and organisations around Australia to assist with the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections and a three day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archives.
In 2012 Historian Susan Marsden BA (Hons) PhD MPHA conducted the Significance Assessment of the Port Adelaide Local History Collection which includes items from the former Port Adelaide Institute, Port Adelaide Council, Port Adelaide Enfield Council, Port Adelaide Birth, Death and Marriage certificates, items donated by local organisations and maps from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield area. The Significance Assessment provided a greater insight into items held within the collection and ideas for future consideration.
Preservation Needs Assessment
In November 2013 the Library Service was awarded a $4,400 Federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a Preservation Needs Assessment of the Local History Collection. Grants worth $426,000 were distributed to 77 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
The Preservation needs assessment was conducted by Rosie Heysen of Artlab Australia who provided a comprehensive report which will be used to guide future conservation and preservation projects.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.
The Community Heritage Grants Program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.
Useful Resources include:
- Published and unpublished resources relevant to the area
- Published histories of other localities in South Australia
- Port Adelaide Rate Assessment 1875 – 1902
- Enfield Rate Assessment Books (microfiche) 1868 – 1993
- Birth, Death, and Marriage indexes for South Australia
- Birth, Death and Marriage certificates for Port Adelaide District
- Cemetery records
- Messenger Newspapers
- Government Gazettes 1843 – 1998 (some exceptions)
- Police Gazettes 1862 – 1947
- Passenger Lists 1836 – 1851
And are available in the following formats:
- Photographs – available online via our library catalogue and our new Flickr page
- Original papers
- Oral histories
- CD books
Assistance is provided during Local History opening hours
10.00 am to 1.00 pm
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
City of Port Adelaide Enfield Local History Room:
Port Adelaide Library
2 Church Street Port Adelaide SA 5015
Phone: 08 84056580
For further details please contact our Local History Officer:
Port Adelaide Library: (08) 8405 6580 or via Email