Skip to content | Skip to document navigation

Research Guides


Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Maritime

South Australian maritime records held by the Archives date from the mid-19th century. They were created by the South Australian colonial government, with the Commonwealth Department of Trade and Customs taking responsibility for sea transport after 1901. Colonial records relating to functions such as customs administration, vessel registration, crew, passenger arrivals and departures, lighthouses and navigation are now part of the Archives' collection.

Matters relating to the Lighthouses Act 1911 and Navigation Act 1921–1926 were transferred to the Department of Markets and Transport in 1928 and subsequently the Department of Transport [I] in 1930. South Australian maritime responsibilities were administered by the Marine Branch (also known as the Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia) between 1927 and 1961, and the Marine Services Division between 1961 and 1963.

The Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller was created in 1963. Regional controllers were responsible for the control and direction of all departmental activities, including the operation of lighthouses and other aids to marine navigation, ship survey and inspection.

In 1972 the Department of Shipping and Transport was abolished and the Department of Transport [III] was created. The Department of Transport [III] took over nearly all the roles of the Department of Shipping and Transport.

Lighthouses

The protection of shipping was vital to the developing colony of South Australia. The Cape Willoughby Lighthouse – or Sturt Light as it was originally named – was established on Kangaroo Island in 1852 to guide vessels through the treacherous waters of Backstairs Passage. Other lighthouses were established on Troubridge Island off the coast of Yorke Peninsula in 1855, Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island in 1858, and Cape Northumberland, also known as MacDonnell Light, in 1859.

For vessels sailing through the Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean, the Cape Northumberland lighthouse was the first light visible on the Australian coast. Construction of lighthouses continued into the 20th century, resulting in more than 20 along the South Australian coastline.

With Federation in 1901, the administration of lighthouses became a Commonwealth responsibility. The Department of Trade and Customs established a Lighthouse Branch in 1913. However the transfer of the administration of lighthouses from state to Commonwealth control did not occur until 1915 when the Lighthouses Act came into effect. The South Australian administration of the Lighthouse Branch was known as Lighthouse District No. 4.

In 1927 the Lighthouse Branch amalgamated with the Navigation Branch to become the Marine Branch. From 1963 the regional controller of each state office of the Department of Shipping and Transport was responsible for the regional management of lighthouses. This model continued until 1990. In 1991 the function of the regional administration of lighthouses was transferred to the newly established Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The earliest South Australian lighthouse records date from 1852 and include drawings, logbooks, weather reports and various documents relating to individual lighthouses, as well as central administration records.

Selected series that contain records relating to lighthouses in South Australia – Drawings, plans and images
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Central Office
Drawings and plans of lighthouses and associated buildings and equipment, 1833–1968 A9568
Glass plate copy negatives of coastal lighthouses, 1917–98 A6247
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Information, Central Office
Photographic negatives and prints, 1945–71 A1200
Canberra, Brisbane
Recorded by: Department of Transport, Central Office
Lightstation drawings, 1980– A10182
Sydney
Recorded by: Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra
Photographs, 1945–70 C1748
Adelaide
Recorded by: Director of Works, South Australia
Original drawings, plans and prints of National Estate properties, 1847–1980 D1051
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Director of Works, South Australia
Photographs of buildings including lighthouses, 1946–83 D3481
Brisbane
Recorded by: Department of Transport, South Australia/Northern Territory Region, Northern Territory Office
Lightstation drawings, 'SN' (South Australia/Northern Territory), 1980–90 J3013
Selected series relating to lighthouses in South Australia – General administration and staffing records
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia (Marine Branch)
Lists, instructions and duties publications, 1903–43 AP815/13
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia (Marine Branch)
Correspondence files, 'SA', 1915–33 D14
Correspondence files of the Navigation Section, 1921–55 D1911
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia (Marine Branch)
Salary register, 1919–35 AP816/12
Survey site plans (annotated copies), lighthouse reserves, South Australia, 1919–64 D5250
Correspondence files, 'SA', 1924–57 D2014
Return of persons remaining overnight on light stations, 1930–92 D5252
Taking-on-forms (list of persons taken for lighthouse service), 1934–46 AP143/5
Lighthouse returns, 1935–60 AP143/4
Monthly record of visibility of lights, 1935–87 D15
Monthly return of fuel stores by lighthouses, 1938–57 D2306
General correspondence, 1939–70 AP815/11
Marine Branch confidential files, 1939–45 D2114
Confidential personal administration files, 1952–72 D2113
Monthly returns of periods of fog or impaired visibility, 1960–87 D2913
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse Branch, No. 4 District, Adelaide, South Australia
Instructions to light keepers, 1917 AP816/7
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Record of visibility of lights, 1960–70 AP815/9
Report of watches kept and duties performed, 1960–70 AP815/4
Report of inspection of unattended acetylene light, 1965–67 AP815/6
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Transport, South Australia/Northern Territory Region
Correspondence files, 1955–92 D935
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Transport, South Australia/Northern Territory Region
Correspondence and general information files, 1972–92 D3927
Monthly returns of vessels passing lighthouses, 1977– D2921
Sydney
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Registers – LH1 light dues, 1922–56 AP254/1
Melbourne
Recorded by: Department of Trade and Customs, Central Office
Reports on lighthouses on the coast of Australia, 1912–13 B1496
Melbourne
Recorded by: Lighthouse Branch (also known as Lighthouse Service)
Correspondence files, 'L' (lighthouse), 1913–28 B394
Register of lighthouses, 1913–39 B885
Melbourne
Recorded by: Marine Branch – Lighthouse Services
Correspondence files, 'MC' (Marine Central), 1937–54 B1954

Records relating to specific lighthouses in South Australia

Image 26: Neptune Island lighthouse keeper, Mr Salchany, signals a passing ship, South Australia, 1963

Image 26: Neptune Island lighthouse keeper, Mr Salchany, signals a passing ship, South Australia, 1963
NAA: A1200, L43685
Enlarge image - View image gallery

Some of the principal lighthouses in South Australia were staffed by lighthouse keepers who collected and maintained records. Records relating to unstaffed lighthouses were created and held by the relevant departments.

Selected series relating to Althorpe Island Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Althorpe Island, South Australia
Photographs of living areas and lighthouse on Althorpe Island, 1915–40 D4940
Monthly return of weather, Althorpe Island, 1952–66 D2228
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Althorpe Island, 1961–71 D2160
Half yearly returns of children of Althorpe Island lightstation, 1964– D2918
Navigational aid station logbooks, Althorpe Island, 1971– D2161
Monthly fuel and oil statements, Althorpe Island, 1972– D2040
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Althorpe Island, South Australia
Logbooks kept at Althorpe Island lighthouse, 1879–1961 D19
Records of passing vessels kept at Althorpe Island lighthouse, 1916–29 D32
Selected series relating to Cape Banks Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Banks, South Australia
Cape Banks oil account book, 1903–18 D34
Cape Banks inventory of stores book, 1915–23 D35
Cape Banks stores requisition books, 1922–28 D1788
Record of passing vessels kept at Cape Banks lighthouse, 1925–27 D33
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Banks, South Australia
Logbooks kept at Cape Banks lighthouse, 1882–1928 D20
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Cape Borda (Flinders light) Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Borda (Flinders Light), South Australia
Monthly return of weather, Cape Borda, 1952–66 D2226
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Cape Borda, 1966–71 D2159
Navigational aid station logbooks, Cape Borda, 1971 D2158
Monthly fuel and oil statements, Cape Borda, 1972– D2017
Half yearly returns of children on Cape Borda lightstation, 1978– D2922
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Visitors book for Cape Borda, Cape Jaffa and Cape Northumberland, 1960–75 AT3030/1
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Logbooks kept at Cape Borda lighthouse, 1858–1990 D21
Selected series relating to Cape Donnington Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape du Couedic, South Australia
Register of meteorological records, Cape du Couedic lighthouse, 1939–59 D36
Monthly return of weather, Cape de Couedic, 1952–56 D2227
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape du Couedic, South Australia
Logbooks kept by Cape du Couedic lighthouse, 1909–57 D22
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Jaffa, South Australia
Monthly return of weather, Cape Jaffa, 1952–66 D2224
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Cape Jaffa, 1966–71 D2162
Navigational aid station logbooks, Cape Jaffa, 1971– D2163
Navigational aid station logbook, Cape Jaffa, 1972–73 AP930/5
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Jaffa, South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks, Cape Jaffa, 1872–1966 D23
Logbooks, shore station, Cape Jaffa, 1904–25 D38
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Cape Jaffa lighthouse files, 1950–73 AP930/1
Visitors book for Cape Borda, Cape Jaffa and Cape Northumberland, 1960–75 AT3030/1
Selected series relating to Cape Jervis lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Jervis, South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks, Cape Jervis, 1923–25 D24
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Cape Northumberland (MacDonnell Light)
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Northumberland (MacDonnell Light), South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks, 1867–1966 D25
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Northumberland (MacDonnell Light), South Australia
Monthly return of weather, Cape Northumberland, 1952–66 D2230
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Cape Northumberland, 1966–71 D2157
Navigational aid station logbooks, Cape Northumberland, 1971– D2016 C D2016
Monthly fuel and oil statements, Cape Northumberland, 1972– D2015
Half yearly returns of children on Cape Northumberland lightstation, 1976–79 D2924
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Visitors book for Cape Borda, Cape Jaffa and Cape Northumberland, 1960–75 AT3030/1
Selected series that contain records relating to Cape St Albans Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Cape Willoughby (Sturt Light) Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Willoughby (Sturt Light), South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks, Cape Willoughby (Sturt Light), 1852–1966 D26
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Cape Willoughby (Sturt Light), South Australia
Record of stores and oil account, Cape Willoughby lighthouse (Sturt Light), 1853–67 D3708
Record of passing vessels, Cape Willoughby lighthouse (Sturt Light), 1931–40 D39
Requisitions book, Cape Willoughby lighthouse (Sturt Light), 1933–41 D40
Head light keeper's general order book, Cape Willoughby lighthouse (Sturt Light), 1940–43 D41
Monthly return of weather, Cape Willoughby, 1952–66 D2225
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Cape Willoughby, 1966–71 D2154
Visitors books, Cape Willoughby lighthouse, 1970– D2037
Navigational aid station log, Cape Willoughby, 1971– D2153
Monthly fuel and oil statements, Cape Willoughby, 1972– D2039
Half yearly returns of children on Cape Willoughby lightstation, 1976– D2925
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1924–57 D2014
Selected series relating to Corny Point Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Corny Point, South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks, Corny Point (South Australia), 1882–1920 D27
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Corny Point, South Australia
Oil account volumes for Corny Point lighthouse, 1882–99 D42
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series that contain records relating to Dangerous Reef Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series that contain records relating to Eastern Shoal Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series that contain records relating to Flinders Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1955–92 D935
Selected series that contain records relating to Four Hummocks Island Lighthouse
Melbourne
Recorded by: Marine Branch – Lighthouse Services
Correspondence files, 1937–54 B1954
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1955–92 D935
Selected series relating to Lowly Point Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Lowly Point, South Australia
Logbooks kept at Lowly Point lighthouse, 1883–1973 D18
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Lowly Point, South Australia
Record of necessary work, Lowly Point lighthouse, 1934–44 D43
Record of passing vessels (record of shipping), Lowly Point lighthouse, 1939–45 D44
Head light keeper's general order books, Lowly Point lighthouse, 1940–44 D45
Register of rainfall observation, Lowly Point, 1946–72 D2903
Monthly return of weather, Lowly Point, 1952–66 D2229
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Lowly Point, 1966–71 D2164
Navigational aid station logbooks, Lowly Point, 1971– D2165
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Marino Rocks Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Marino Rocks lighthouse file, 1966–72 AP930/2
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1955–92 D935
Selected series that contain records relating to Marsden Point Lighthouse
Melbourne
Recorded by: Marine Branch – Lighthouse Services
Correspondence files, 1937–54 B1954
Selected series relating to Neptune Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Neptune Island, South Australia
Neptune Island lighthouse logbooks, 1901–69 D28
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Neptune Island, South Australia
Monthly return of weather, Neptune Island, 1952–66 D2352
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Neptune Island, 1966–71 D2151
Navigational aid station logbooks, Neptune Island, 1971– D2332
Half yearly returns of children on Neptune Island lightstation, 1976– D2926
Selected series that contain records relating to Penguin Island (Rivoli Bay) Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Regional Controller, South Australia
Lighthouse logbooks – Rivoli Bay, South Australia, 1880–83 AP695/1
Lighthouse logbooks – Penguin Island/Rivoli Bay, South Australia, 1878–1918 D29
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Penguin Island (Rivoli Bay), South Australia
Oil account books, Penguin Island lighthouse, 1893–1901 D3506
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series that contain records relating to Price Island Lighthouse
Melbourne
Recorded by: Marine Branch – Lighthouse Services
Correspondence files, 'MC' (Marine Central), 1937–54 B1954
Selected series relating to St Francis Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Tipra Reef Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Tipara Reef, South Australia
Logbooks, Tipara Reef, 1878–1920 D30
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Tipara Reef, South Australia
Inventory book, Tipara Reef lighthouse, 1887–1920 D47
Oil account volumes for Tipara Reef lighthouse, 1894–1920 D46
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series relating to Troubridge Shoal Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Troubridge Shoal, South Australia
Logbooks, Troubridge Shoal lighthouse, 1863–1966 D31
Canberra
Recorded by: Lighthouse, Troubridge Shoal, South Australia
Monthly return of weather, Troubridge Shoal, 1952–66 D2223
Lighthouse logbook and monthly return of weather, Troubridge Shoal, 1966–71 D2156
Monthly returns – engine generator sets, Troubridge Shoal, 1966–81 D2022
Visitors books, Troubridge Shoal, 1970–81 D2038
Navigational aid station logbooks, Troubridge Shoal, South Australia, 1971–81 D2155
Monthly fuel and oil statements, Troubridge Shoal, 1972–81 D2023
Radio communication logbooks, Troubridge Shoal lighthouse, 1972–81 D2021
Half yearly returns of children on Troubridge Shoal lightstation, 1976–80 D2927
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1924–57 D2014
Selected series that contain records relating to Wardang Island Lighthouse
Canberra
Recorded by: Prime Minister's Department
Correspondence files, 1915–23 A457
Selected series that contain records relating to Wedge Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Prime Minister's Department
Correspondence files, 1915–23 A457
Selected series that contain records relating to Winceby Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected series that contain records relating to Wonga Shoal Island Lighthouse
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Correspondence files, 1915–33 D14
Selected items relating to lighthouses in South Australia – Images
Canberra
Port Adelaide lighthouse, 1865 A9568, 4/1/2
Keeper's quarters at Port Adelaide lighthouse, 1869 A9568, 4/1/6
Cape Banks lighthouse, 1882 A9568, 4/5/1
Cape Northumberland lighthouse and keeper's cottage, 1856 A9568, 4/12/1
Troubridge Shoal lighthouse keeper's cottages, 1867 A9568, 4/14/5
Neptune Island lighthouse keeper's wife leaving the dock for a boat trip to the mainland, 1963 A1200, L43680

Vessels

Records about many of the well-known vessels that operated in South Australian waters can be found in the Archives' collection. These include the Alert, Falie, Nelcebee, One and All and the paddle-steamer Marion.

Records relating to vessels include declarations and transfers of ownership, certificates of survey, logbooks, vessel licences, Court of Marine Enquiry files, and entries in the British Register of Ships and registers of vessel arrivals and departures. The British Register of Ships recorded ship names, official numbers, ports of registration and other details. A composite alphabetical index to all the microfilm registers has been created. The Main Register of British Ships is available on microfilm in all Archives offices.

Selected series relating to maritime vessels in South Australia
Canberra
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Main Register of British Ships – prior to Merchant Shipping Act 1854 – Port Adelaide, 1838–55 A7505
Main Register of British Ships – subsequent to Merchant Shipping Act 1854 – Port Adelaide, 1855–1982 A7509
Adelaide
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Logbook of the cutter Alert, 1862 AP258/6
Customs correspondence files, 1871–1962 D596
Registrar of Shipping, Adelaide – allocation of signal letters and official numbers to ships, 1872–1921 AP258/2
Register of ships' papers, 1897–1902 AP214/11
Sydney
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Boat licence books, 1902–24 D5307
Declarations of ownership and certificates of survey (detention certificates), 1893–1900 AP212/4
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Central Office
Shipping registration files, 1850– A10799
Canberra
Recorded by: Mercantile Marine Office, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Manning and accommodation procedures for ships, 1925–54 D2914
Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Pilotage account books – registers of vessels moved by Port Adelaide pilots, 1862–67 AP258/7
Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Register of vessels (arrivals and departures) – Port Adelaide, 1874–1923 D1
Canberra
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Shipping casualty investigation book, 1907–10 AP816/9
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Original agreements and accounts of crew with ships' official logbooks, 1895–1984 D13
Correspondence files of the Navigation Section, 1921–55 D1911
Canberra
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Court of Marine Enquiry folders, 1950–70 D2910
Adelaide
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Wallaroo, South Australia
Shipping registers – inwards – Wallaroo, 1879–1954 AP378/50
Outwards shipping register – Wallaroo, 1879–1927 AP404/2
Adelaide
Recorded by: Sub-collector of Customs, Port Pirie, South Australia
Register ship report outwards – Port Pirie, 1884–1945 AP378/4
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Transport, Port Pirie Office, South Australia
Ships' files, 1971–88 D4982
Selected items relating to maritime vessels in South Australia
Canberra
Loss of SS Paringa, 1936–38 A981, MIS 71
Adelaide
Survey under Navigation Act – survey of River Murray steamers, 1930–32 D1911, NS1932/112
Wreckage ex Loch Vennachar – cargo found, 1905–06 D596, 1906/837
Nailsea Manor – enquiry into seaman drowning – report of nautical surveyor on inspection of life boats, 1938 D1911, NS1938/279
Hovercraft – air cushioned vehicles – operations, 1962 D935, 1962/31
Merchant Shipping Act – Paringa – owners Adelaide Steamship Co., 1908–21 D596, 1921/3052

Passenger and crew records

The Archives holds both passenger and crew records. South Australian records relating to crew members date from 1852, and include registers of deserters, discharges, engagements, certificates of competency and service, crew lists and articles of agreement. For further information on arrival and departure records for passengers at South Australian ports, see Chapter 10.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO CREW MEMBERS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Registers of ships' crew deserted at Port Adelaide from British and foreign ships, 1852–1922 D6
Canberra, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Registers of engagements of ships' crew at Port Adelaide for British and foreign ships, 1852–1922 D2
Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Registers of ships' crew (British and foreign ships) discharged at Port Adelaide, 1853–1922 D3
Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Register of ships' crew and passenger deaths at sea reported at Port Adelaide, with index, 1869–1922 D7
Canberra, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia
Registers of ships' crew engaged and discharged at South Australian outports (including Darwin), 1879–1922 D8
Registers of certificates of competency and service (ships officers) presented at Port Adelaide, 1882–1921 D5
Canberra, Adelaide
Recorded by: Marine Board of South Australia – Mercantile Marine Office
Registers of ships' crew reported discharged at South Australian outports, 1879–1903 D10
Register of ships' crew reported as deserters at South Australian outports, 1890–1922 D12
Registers of ships' crew engaged for the home trade at South Australian ports (mainly Adelaide), 1886–1922 D9
Canberra
Recorded by: Marine Branch, South Australia
Registers of indentures of apprenticeships to the sea service, 1922–74 D2043
Registers of release on terminations of service, 1949–58 D4
Certificates of release, 1948–61 D3762
Adelaide
Recorded by: Mercantile Marine Office, Port Adelaide
Rough register of ships' crew reported as deserters at Port Adelaide, 1873–1975 D11
Canberra
Recorded by: Mercantile Marine Office, Port Adelaide
Notebooks of character reports and qualified discharges, 1940–50 D2902
Cash book, balance of seamen's wages accounts and trust fund ledger, 1943–70 AP815/14
Register of release on termination of service, Port Lincoln, 1952–63 D2904
Office copies of articles of agreement terminated outside of Australia, 1957–65 AP444/1
Register of documents of identity and agreements, 1961–82 D2907
Applications for seaman's document of identity, 1961–83 D2908
Examination certificates book butts, 1923–71 AT3033/1
Waterside Employment Inquiry transcripts, 1939 D2901
Adelaide
Recorded by: Mercantile Marine Office, Port Adelaide
Registers of agreements, 1924–57 AP142/3
Register of deserters in South Australia, 1924–65 AP815/12
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Shipping and Transport, Central Office
Microfilmed employment records – Australian Merchant Seamen, 1922–98 A8877
Adelaide
Recorded by: Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation, South Australia – Marine Branch
Original agreements and accounts of crew with ships' official logbooks, 1895–1984 D13
Sydney, Adelaide
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Correspondence files, 'SB' (Shipping Branch), 1939–51 D1976
Adelaide
Recorded by: Collector of Customs, Adelaide
Crew lists, 1907– D3064
Registers of members of crews signed off or deserted at Port Adelaide, 1925–61 AP214/15
Registers for members of crews signed on at Port Adelaide, 1925–61 AP214/16
Register of discharges, engagements and deserters (Sub-collectors Office, Port Pirie), 1903–42 AP231/1
Register of pilots licensed by the Marine Board of SA, 1892–1925 AP258/8
Selected items relating to crew members in South Australia
Adelaide
Minnipa registration number 137239 – agreements and logs signed and expired between 8 August 1927 and 26 March 1928, 1927–28 D13, MINNIPA 137239/1
Yalata registration number 122730 – agreements and logs signed and expired between 11 May 1936 and 19 July 1939, 1936–39 D13, YALATA 122730/4

TOP OF PAGE

Chapter 18
Transport