State Records is excited to take part in South Australia’s History Festival 2022!

Bookings are essential for many events.

Stories from the Archives, from Foundation to Federation exhibition

Monday 2 May to Friday 17 June

University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library level 1

State Records of South Australia is the oldest government archives in Australia and holds some of the state’s most important historical documents.

This exhibition showcases a selection of documents from the period between first European settlement to Federation.

The event is a collaboration of the Department of Historical and Classical Studies at the University of Adelaide, State Records, and the University of Adelaide Library.

Bookings not required

Listen to Stories from the Archives, from Foundation to Federation

Monday 9 May and Monday 23 May 1-2pm

University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Special Collections Reading Room

To accompany the Stories from the Archives Exhibition, the Department of Historical and Classical Studies at the University of Adelaide will present a public lecture featuring different speakers explaining the significance of the documents on display.

Bookings essential

The Grand Embezzle-Off

Thursday 5 May, 11am to 12pm

Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia

State Records of South Australia and National Archives of Australia join forces for a Grand Embezzle-Off.

Stories of theft and embezzlement of varying daring and value have been plucked from each institution’s archive.

Whose thieves have the most daring plan or the crime of the greatest value? Points will be awarded in each round of the embezzle off. Who will win?

Come along and join us and you be the judge!

Bookings essential

Archives Open!

Friday 13 May and Monday 16 May, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm

State Records of South Australia, Gepps Cross Research Centre

Tour behind the scenes at State Records of South Australia and view some treasures from the archive.

Small group tours will discover how records are kept, preserved and made accessible to the public.

Places are limited to ensure social distancing. The Research Centre will not be open on these days.

Bookings essential

Reconciliation: Tracking Family in Public Records

Thursday 26 May, 1-2.30pm

Ngutungka West Lakes

National Archives of Australia, State Records of South Australia and the State Library of South Australia share how to track down Aboriginal family history information among the records available in their collections.

Learn about what you may find among their historic records and how to find it.

Bookings essential

On the Record: Stories of Crime From State Records and National Archives

Friday 27 May, 6-6.45pm

Adelaide City Library

The National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia have been delving into their records of crime and investigations across South Australia and the nation.

Government records contain a wealth of tragic, scandalous and bizarre stories, from murder and mayhem to robberies and espionage.

Come along to hear about colourful and notorious characters found in the archives and learn how their crimes were uncovered.

Bookings essential

See the full History Festival program for more events.