The census taken in January 1841 was the earliest information collated about the number of residents in South Australia.

Original returns for later censuses were destroyed once statistics were extracted and only statistical information remains from later censuses.

Indexes and Special Lists

This index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the person on the return and also includes the page number for that sheet.

Special list for GRG 56/68/54 Index to the 1841 Census Returns

The returns give:

  • name of head of household,
  • the number of males and females in that household,
  • ages
  • in some cases the names of others in the household.

The returns are arranged into geographical sections.

The original arrangement of the returns is not exactly known.

An attempt has been made to restore the returns to their original order using available evidence.

Digitised records

FamilySearch - Returns of Census compiled in January 1841  GRG24/13