a picture of local heritage-listed house "Kandahar", the home of the West Torrens Historical Society


West Torrens Historical Society Newsletter

City of West Torrens

 State Library of South Australia

South Australia

History Trust SA - In support of South Australia’s history network of committed volunteer associations and local history specialists, we manage a Community Museums Program and offer annual grants for research and writing to promote the value of history and our place in the world. 

SA Heritage Surveys - From time to time qualified heritage consultants are engaged to survey an area. Heritage surveys can be of a local council area, of a region or can survey the whole state for places that fit a particular theme eg 20th century heritage. These surveys identify potential places of state and local heritage significance and potential historic conservation areas. 

State Records of South Australia: - responsible for the collection and preservation of State and Local Government Records and some archives belonging to private individuals, churches societies and businesses. Search passenger lists, prison & railway records, house and property information. Also some almanacs prior to 1864.

Geoff Manning's South Australian History Archive

Geoffrey Haydon Manning began researching his family history during the mid-1980s. His endeavour soon blossomed into an enduring curiosity about the origin of South Australian place names. Search The Manning Index of South Australian History 

Geoffrey Manning wrote on a wide range of historical topics. This website showcases his main works. 

Some publications are available to download for research purposes, please take into consideration any copyright restrictions.

       A Social History of Thebarton

      Essays on colonial SA History

      Betrayal of Aborigines in SA Colonial History 

      The Russians Are Coming! :The Defence of Colonial South Australia - 1837-1900  

   Memoirs of Thomas Frost 1825-1910

National Archives / National Library

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia holds the memory of our nation and keeps vital Australian Government records safe.

Visit the National Archives of Australia website

National Library of Australia

Access National Library of Australia resources to find the history of your house.


Find Australian online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music & archives 


Digitised newspapers 

Pandora - Australia's website archives

PANDORA : Australia's Web Archive, is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations. 

Family History

Family History SA

Free database and informative articles, specialising in early arrival and BMD records of South Australia's pioneers up to about 1860.

Visit the Family History SA website


Genealogy SA

Genealogy SA is the leading resource for South Australian family history information.

Visit the Genealogy SA website

War Records

Australian War Memorial

The collection contains a wealth of material to help you research and find your connection to the wartime experiences of the brave men and women who served in Australia's military forces.

Visit the Australian War Memorial website


Department of Veteran Affairs (Nominal Rolls)

Search these nominal rolls list members of Australia's defence forces who served during World War Two, Korean War, Vietnam War and First Gulf War.

Visit the Department of Veteran Affairs (Nominal Rolls) website

National Archives of Australia Discovering ANZACS

Explore a diverse selection of government records about Australians and New Zealanders in World War I and the Boer War. Enhance a profile dedicated to the wartime journey of someone who served. Uncover the personal stories of service men and women through original archival records.