Local and Family History

Gawler Public Library has a growing Local History Collection (part of the Gawler Heritage Collection) that is useful for local and family historians. The primary focus is on printed, published and paper-based material specifically relating to the history of Gawler and its region. The collection also contains photographs, oral histories and original manuscripts. Due to the reference nature of the material, we are unable to make it available for loan. Our beautiful Reading Room provides a research space that truly adds atmosphere and a sense of time to the items that we have. Wireless connection to the internet is available.

Details of all local history resources as well as a selection of digitised items from the Gawler Heritage Collection are available via our online catalogue  A dedicated computer provides access to a range of CD-ROM history resources such as birth, death and marriage Indexes of Registrations covering the periods 1842 to 1928 for births, 1842 to 1972 for deaths, and 1842 to 1937 for marriages.  E. H. Coombe's History of Gawler 1837-1908, George Loyau's Gawler Handbook and the Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 can be accessed via this computer. Library staff can book the Family and Local History computer for you at the circulation desk or by phone on (08) 8522 9213.  Microfiche and Microfilm records are also available.

Ancestry provides access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.
Ancestry is available from all public access computers in both Libraries. You can come in or Library Staff can make a booking for you at the circulation desk or by phone on (08) 8522 9213.


Ancestry Library Edition

The Gawler Bibliography can be found HERE

Library staff have researched and produced a series of Historical Pamphlets related to Gawler's history.

Records of burials for Pioneer Park, Willaston and the Anglican cemeteries are available for viewing - Cemetery Records 

For a listing of Gawler's elected members, please click on these Links:

Elected Members History by Name - Revised 2016  or   Elected Members History by Date - Revised 2016

Some research assistance is available
All local history enquiries will receive up to 15 minutes of general staff assistance. Up to a further half hour's assistance with experienced local history research staff can be booked by prior appointment. Email enquiries are welcomed and will be acknowledged within ten working days.

Cinderalla Pantomime

Cast of ‘Cinderella’, a pantomime that was performed to help raise funds to purchase a Steinway piano for the Gawler Institute, May 1924. (Town of Gawler, Gawler Heritage Collection)


Locomotives in Gawler

Celebrating the commissioning of the first locomotive to be manufactured in Gawler by James Martin & Co., 11 April 1890.
(Town of Gawler, Gawler Heritage Collection)

Hand-drawn map by Douglas Petty

This hand-drawn map by Douglas J Petty features some of Gawler’s well-known landmarks.
(Town of Gawler, Gawler Heritage Collection)

Ramblers Football Club

Ramblers Football Club, 1912. This photograph was presented to F C Summerton who was a member of the Club on 24 October 1912.
(Town of Gawler, Gawler Heritage Collection)

Further information please contact us via email library@gawler.sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8522 9213.

If you are traveling to Gawler for your research we recommend: Gawler's Tourism

Microfiche   Births, Deaths and Marriages
Port Gawler

Births 1856 - 1922; Marriages 1856 - 1928; Deaths 1856 - 1928
Births 1856 - 1922; Marriages 1856 - 1928; Deaths 1856 - 1930

Districts amalgamation to become Gawler - Deaths 1930 - 1968; Marriages 1930 - 1936

Microfilm   Bunyip Newspaper on microfilm (also some volumes available in bound book form)

Gawler historical photographs on CD
South Australian Births Index of Registrations
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations
South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations


1842 - 1928
1842 - 1972
1842 - 1937


89 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118
Tel: 08 8522 9211