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Local and Family History

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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 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 8522 9213


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