SA Selections showcases newly digitised content from the National Archives of Australia (NAA) collection relevant to South Australia. Join us each month at the State Library as we delve into a particular group of records, show you how to access these online and share some of the fascinating stories they contain.
This month, learn about a project on non-British migrants registered as 'aliens', and how it took South Australian NAA staff 15 years to describe and catalogue the documents.
Non-British migrants were required to register as aliens for much of the 20th century and the NAA holds many of these documents that are popular with family historians. Describing these documents has been a labour of love for the South Australian office for over 15 years and this year we completed the project. Come and find out how to search for these records online and request a digital copy for free.
This talk is part of a monthly series, SA Selections from the NAA, that showcases newly available online content.
How do I get to the State Library by public transport?
The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.
Is there car parking near the State Library?
The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.
Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?
Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.
There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.
How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?
The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.
When it is open you can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays. The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.
Is there a cafe at the State Library?
Yes, the State Library Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.