Local History Resources


Local History information for the West Torrens area is viewable from other organisations, including those listed below.

State Library of South Australia

South Australiana

Materials in this collection date from before formal 1836 colonisation of the state, to the present day, including the Northern Territory before 1911. Many items have been donated by members of the South Australian community.

SA Memory

SA Memory is an online gateway to South Australian history, heritage and culture. This multimedia website focuses on the South Australian experience - what makes South Australia unique. SA Memory illustrates and interprets themes to highlight South Australia's people, places, issues and events from the colony's beginnings to contemporary times: South Australia's 'memory'.

Family history

The State Library of South Australia has a bounty of information to assist you to discover your family history.

National Film and sound archives 

The State Library is the NFSA's Access Centre for South Australia. We have a small selection of NFSA collection items onsite, largely dealing with SA topics.

Digital Collections




National Archives of Australia


The National Archives' collection contains records about key events and decisions that have shaped Australian history.  With more than 40 million items, the collection mainly includes Australian Government records from Federation in 1901 to now. 

National Library / Trove


Find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Digitised newspapers:  trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper

Pandora – Australia’s website archives 

PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive, is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations. 

Thebarton Historical Society

Photos on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/30723053@N06

History Trust SA


In support of South Australia’s history network of committed volunteer associations and local history specialists, we manage a Community Museums Program and offer annual grants for research and writing to promote the value of history and our place in the world. Every year we present South Australia’s History Festival – a statewide celebration of community history, collections and heritage. We present great community events such as the Bay to Birdwood vintage car run and other events, festivals and celebrations on South Australia’s cultural calendar. 

Adelaide Airport


Geoff Manning's South Australian History Archive

Geoffrey Haydon Manning began researching his family history during the mid-1980s. His endeavour soon blossomed into an enduring curiosity about the origin of South Australian place names. Search The Manning Index of South Australian History

Geoffrey Manning wrote on a wide range of historical topics. This website showcases his main works.

Some publications are available to download for research purposes, please take into consideration any copyright restrictions.


The MAPCO website is a philanthropical project, designed to raise awareness and appreciation of history using old maps and photographs. The website displays many high quality historical maps and views, with an emphasis on London, U.K., and Australia. The MAPCO website is a free access site.

This site is intended primarily as a research aid for genealogical and historical researchers. The maps, prints and views on the MAPCO website are displayed free of charge for the use of students, historians and genealogists, to assist with heritage and family history research. Please also refer to terms of use.