Overview

We hold series of photographs which the government created or used for purposes relating to publicity and tourism, but also commemoration.

See other information about the collection of WWI Soldier, Sailor and Nurse Photographs.

Contact us if you are interested in the source of any photographs on this website.

Indexes

Photographs and illustrations - Chief Secretary's Office, 1838-1901

Photographs and illustrations - Chief Secretary's Office, 1838 to 1901 (GRG 24/27)

This series contains black and white photographs and photographic reproductions of sketches and paintings of early South Australian scenes and buildings. 

Some images are photographic reproductions of paintings, prints of sketches made from zinc, and lithographs.

Images have been mounted in cardboard frames. Negatives of some of the images are included.

Index to GRG 24/27 Photographs and illustrations - Chief Secretary's Office, 1838 - 1920 - numerical by photograph number

Photographs and negatives - Aborigines' Office, 1900-1940

Photographs and negatives - Aborigines' Office and successors, 1900 to 1940 (GRG 52/45)

An index to these prints is under development.

Slides of South Australia

Lantern slides of South Australian scenes, c.1895 to c.1940 (GRG 7/72)

This series comprises of 95 glass lantern slides of South Australian scenes used for publicity purposes by the State Tourist Bureau and successors.

The slides contains scenes of:

  • industry
  • agriculture
  • town
  • countryside and
  • buildings.

Index for GRG 7/72 Lantern slides of South Australian scenes c.1895 - c.1940 - alphabetical by town or suburb pictured in the slide

Publicity photographs, 1937-1980

Publicity photographs c1937 to 1980

The photographs in these series were produced by the South Australian government to promote:

  • tourism
  • economic activity and
  • the state as a migrant destination.

They depict:

  • street scapes
  • working life
  • events
  • geographical features
  • agriculture
  • leisure scenes
  • industry
  • recreation
  • the arts
  • sports
  • buildings
  • natural features etc.

Subjects covered include:

  • Flower Day
  • Irrigation and Fruit
  • Murray Towns
  • Adelaide
  • Country Towns
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Mt. Gambier
  • South East Towns and Naracoorte Caves

These indexes are arranged alphabetically by the photograph titles.

Index to GRG 7/70 Publicity photographs - Immigration, Publicity and Tourist Bureau Department, c1937 - c1962

Index to GRG 7/69 Publicity photographs - Immigration, Publicity and Tourist Bureau Department, c1950

Index to GRG 75/8 Publicity photographs Department of Premier and Cabinet, c1950 - c1980

Digitised records

Sets of photographs are hosted via our Flickr page.

Albums include:

Flickr - Photographs and negatives - Aborigines' Office and successors, 1900-1940 (GRG 52/45)

Flickr - Scenes of South Australia

Flickr - Glass plate and other negatives - Photolithographic Branch, Department of Lands, c1890-1957 (GRG 35/342)