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Library Assets

The following are examples of resources held by the Society

Print Media

The Society has a considerable holding of both Australian and International books, magazines, newsletters, maps, shipping lists, directories, census records, electoral rolls, etc. of genealogical interest, not least of which are copies of the original handwritten Register of "Baptisms at Port Augusta and the Vasse" for the period 1830 - 1875. This Register thus dates from the very earliest days of colonial settlement at Augusta. It is interesting to note that the Register is in a fact a 'Register of Deaths' which was adapted by crossing through the word "Deaths" and substituting "Baptisms". As there was no clergyman at Augusta at that time the Register was maintained by the Resident Magistrate, Captain Molloy. In addition to this earliest of registers the Society has also acquired copies of St. Mary's Church Parish Registers for Baptisms 1886 - 1953, Marriages 1858 - 1885 and Burials 1886 - 1935 all rich sources of data for family historians.

Microform Media

Our microfiche and microfilm holdings include various Birth, Marriage and Death Indices, Cemetery Records, Obituaries, Shipping, Court, Police and Convict Records, Orphanage Records, Biographical Indexes, Rates Books, Mining and Pastoral Lease Records, Lands Indexes, Emigrant Indexes, Hospital Admission Records, Hotels & Publican listings, etc.

Internet Access

Internet access is available for a nominal fee. As a FamilySearch Affiliate Library we are granted access to many of their 'locked' records which are restricted to LDS Family History Centers and approved Affilate Libraries.

Non-Members Welcome

Membership of the Society is not necessary to use our facilities. Our library is open to all. A nominal 'Casual Researcher' fee applies to non-members. Details on request.

Research Service

We have a competent Research Officer who will carry out a thorough search on your behalf. Please note that because the search typically involves very many hours of work a non-refundable fee of $50 payable in advance is required. Photocopies and/or printouts if required will be charged separately on completion.