Find your ancestors in Cyclopedia of South Australia 1907-1909


Do you have South Australian ancestry?

The Cyclopedia of South Australia (1907-1909 H. Burgess) were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information on the state concerned - the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more. They include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.


  • 642 pages, 600 photographs and 500 biographies

  • General overview - geography. scenery, climate, geology, paleontology, mineralogy, fauna, flora

  • Aborigines of South Australia - numbers, tribal and social organisation, customs, rite and ceremonies etc.

  • History of South Australia

  • Legislature - Commonwealth and state

  • Government, parliament and the legislature

  • Government departments

  • Legal and Judicial

  • Men of Mark

  • Consular

  • Defence - Naval and Military Forces in South Australia

  • Hospitals, medical, asylums, the destitute poor

  • Crown Lands, Immigration and Agriculture - lands, mines roads, fisheries, stock and brands, woods and forests, parks and gardens

  • Public Works - water supply, railways, tramways, harbours

  • Educational - library, museum and art gallery

  • Local government - Adelaide, Port Adelaide and various suburban councils and suburban "districts"

  • The South Australian Press

  • Banking, Insurance and Finance

  • The Stock Exchange of Adelaide

  • Professions - architects and surveyors, accountants

  • Commerce and industry

  • General Index to Biographies in Volume 1


  • 1112 pages, nearly 2300 photographs and 2100 biographies

  • Explorers and exploration

  • The River Murray

  • Educational - university, school of mines, collegiate schools

  • Ecclesiastical - various denominations and undenominational organisations

  • Philanthropic institutions

  • Industry - agriculture, pastoral, horticulture, viticulture, secondary rural industries, mining

  • Medical, dental, pharmaceutical

  • Freemasonry, friendly societies

  • Scientific, literary and other associations

  • Political organisations

  • Sporting and recreation

  • Music and drama

  • Health resorts

  • Adelaide tramways, fire brigades

  • Markets

  • Shipping

  • Land agents and auctioneers

  • Commerce and industry

  • Stock and station agents

  • General

  • COUNTRY TOWNS - by region and town - occupying the major part of this volume 

  • The Northern Territory

  • Broken Hill New South Wales

  • General Index to Biographies in Volume 1

  • Greatly enhanced access to Cyclopedia content

This is a terrific genealogy resource for anyone exploring their South Australian family history or building a family tree.