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Abbreviations used here include:
Compiler (s)
Editor (s)
Published by the author (s)




Indexed by Subject

General Histories

Early State History || Exploration

Agriculture || Mining || Transport

Local History Resources

Indexed by Region & LGA

Metropolitan Adelaide || Outer Adelaide

Yorke Peninsula & Lower North || Murray Lands

The South East || Eyre Peninsula & the West Coast

The North || The Outback

Beyond South Australian borders


The main emphasis in compiling the Histories section has been to list all books (and more substantial booklets) which at least attempt to deal comprehensively with the history of a region or locality within South Australia. Other localities which have a substantial connection with the State (eg Alice Springs, Broken Hill) are also covered.

Bibliography entries are ordered by year of publication,
then author.

No attempt has been made here to list publications dealing only with the history of single institutions (schools, churches, etc) or family histories.

The list is not exhaustive, but includes titles that are readily available, either still in print or through public libraries.

On-line resources are also included in this listing.

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Richards, E. (Ed., 1986): The Flinders History of South Australia: Vol. 1 - Social History, Wakefield Press, Adelaide
Jaensch, D. (Ed., 1986): The Flinders History of South Australia: Vol. 2 - Political History, Wakefield Press, Adelaide


The South Australian Association (1834): Outline of the Plan of a Proposed Colony to be founded on the South Coast of Australia, with an account of the Soil, Climate, Rivers, etc. With Maps, Ridgeway & Sons, Piccadilly, London (Facsimile, Austaprint, 1978)

Wilkinson, G.B. (1848): South Australia - its advantages and resources - being a description of that colony and a manual of information for emigrants, John Murray, London (Facsimile, SA Government Printer and SA History Trust, 1983)

? (1909/10): Cyclopedia of South Australia
This is excellent on several levels - lots of information on the early settlers; but probably what I find most fascinating is the mind set which it reveals - attitudes to Aborigines, to Chinese and Asians in general. (J.G.)

Blacket, Rev. J. (1911): History of South Australia - a romantic and successful experiment in colonisation, (2nd Ed.) Hussey & Gillingham, Adelaide

Mills, R.C. (1915): The Colonization of Australia (1829-1842) - the Wakefield experiment in Empire Building, Sedgwick & Jackson, London (Facsimile, Sydney University Press, 1974)

Clyne R. (1987): Colonial Blue - A history of the SA Police Force 1836 - 1916, Wakefield Press, Adelaide


Sturt, C. (1833): Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831 with observations on the soil, climate and general resources of the interior of New South Wales, (first published by Elder & Co, London), Corkwood Press, Rose Park 5067, 1999

Giles, A. (1926): Exploring in the 'Seventies and the Construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, W.K.Thomas & Co (The Register) Printers, Adelaide; Facsimile Edition: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 1995

Austin, K.A. (1964): The voyage of the 'Investigator', Rigby,Adelaide

Langley, M. (1969): Sturt of the Murray - father of Australian exploration, Robert Hale, London

Anon. (1985): The Branch without a tree - the Centenary history of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, (SA Branch) Inc, Royal Geographical Society of Australasia


Kempe, H. (1958): The Astonished Earth, Heinemann

Meinig, D.W. (1960): On the margins of the good earth - the South Australian wheat frontier, 1869-1884, Association of American Geographers & Rand McNally (Rigby, 1970)

Kelly, W.S. (1962): Rural Development in South Australia, Rigby, Adelaide


Anon. (1914): The Wallaroo and Moonta Mines - the history, nature, methods together with an account of the concentrating and smelting operations, Hussey & Gillingham Ltd, Adelaide (Reprinted, Gillingham Printers, 1980)

Wells R. (1980): The Birdwood Goldfields. Study Guide 8. Education Department of South Australia.

Bromell, W. & Hannan, F.P. (1981): Mines in Burnside - their historical significance, Corporation of the City of Burnside

Bailley, H.K. (1985): The Wallaroo Mine, Kadina, SA, 1860-1923 - a pictorial history, National Trust of SA

Auhl, I. (Ed. & Comp., 1986): Burra Burra - Reminiscences of the 'Monster Mine' and its townships, Investigator Press

South Australia's Mining History (Dept. of Economics, Uni of Western Australia)   (B)

See also:
Uranium mining

Radium Hill


Newell, B. (2000): Following the Old Ghan Railway Line 1878-1980, (PBA, ph: 8556 6808)


Ragless, M.E. (1982): Yesterday for Tomorrow - a guide to South Australian historical research, Investigator Press

Warcup, J. & Cottington, M. (1984): Local histories of SA - a regional bibliography, 2nd Ed., SA Department of Environment & Planning (3rd Ed. 1989)

Peake, A.G. (1987): Sources for South Australian History, Tudor Australia Press, Dulwich SA

Public Libraries Branch (1988): From Yalata to the Mount - Local Histories of SA & Directory of Collections, 1970-1988, Department of Local Government

Denholm, A.F., Marsden, S. & Round, K. (Comp. & Ed., 1991): Terowie Workshop - exploring the history of South Australian country towns, Department of History, University of Adelaide & the Community History Unit, History Trust of SA


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