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City Archives

The Adelaide City Council, the oldest municipality in Australia, was founded in 1840.

The documentary heritage of the City is preserved in the Archives, Civic Collection, and Oral History collections.

The City Archives was established in 1978 when Council appointed the first archivist. Initially the Archives were located in the Adelaide Town Hall before moving to purpose-built archival standard accommodation within the Corporation-owned Topham Car Park in 1986.

Archives are valuable records which are considered worthy of being preserved permanently. The Archives holds about 5,000 shelf metres of records and these exist in a wide variety of physical formats: volumes, files, documents, photographs, maps, plans, microfilms, computer printouts, tapes and CDs.

Archives are not necessarily ‘old’ records. As technology advances, so does the range of formats in which archives can exist.

The Council’s archives are stored in a special atmospherically controlled, fire-proof repository. Any records that are damaged or deteriorating can be repaired in the Archives’ conservation laboratory.

Opening Hours

Counter/telephone enquiries: 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday
Search Room (open for research): 10am–4pm, Tuesday to Thursday

Appointments are recommended on Search Room open days.

Contact Details



(08) 8203 7439


(08) 8203 7336



Topham Link
Off 55 Currie & 56 Waymouth St, Adelaide

Postal Address:

Adelaide City Council Archives
GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001


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