As a government archive, State Records’ holdings relating to private organisations are focussed on records collected where those organisations interacted with government agencies.
If you know of a department or council that would have had significant dealings with the company, our Reference Officers can help guide your research in the right direction.
Corporate records of private organisations are sometimes also collected by the State Library of South Australia.
Search for these records using the State Library's catalogue or contact the State Library directly with your enquiry.
For information about registered and cancelled business names, you can also search the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Business Name Register.
Files of defunct companies (as collected by the Master of the Supreme Court / Companies Office) are one area where State Records hold records relating to private organisations.
The term 'defunct' refers to the Companies Act definition of the word rather than its common meaning.
If the private organisation is defunct, we may hold a record in the following series:
- company indexes (GRS 518, collated in 1980 to 1985 but referring more broadly to records dating from c.1844)
- lodged company documents of defunct companies (GRS 513, 1844 to 1986)
- lodged company documents of defunct companies, continuous single number series (GRS 584, 1935 to 1974)
- index to defunct companies (GRS 637, 1900 to 1937)
Many company names can be found through using the 'Search in a Series' Search function on ArchivesSearch, within GRS 513.
The index of GRS 518 is available on microfiche in our Research Centre.