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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Australian Army in South Australia

The 4 Military District – encompassing South Australia and the western New South Wales centres of Broken Hill, Torrowangee and Silverton – was established in 1911. Central Australia was included between 1930 and 1939.

In 1939 the existing district bases, and infantry and cavalry divisions were re-grouped into four commands, with South Australia in Southern Command with Victoria and Tasmania. From that time South Australia's Headquarters, 4 Military District, which is based at Adelaide's Keswick Barracks, reported to Southern Command based in Melbourne.

Records created by Military District units include company roll books, routine orders and correspondence. Details of Army service records from World War I, World War II, later conflicts and in peacetime are provided in Chapter 19.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Sydney and Canberra
Recorded by: Army Special Investigation Branch Unit
Special Investigation Branch case files, 1967– A7414
Military Police gazettes and annual reports, 1972–86 A8259
Military Police note books and diaries, 1981–87 A8258
Criminal investigation case records, 1985– C4958
Sydney
Recorded by: Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot, Warradale, South Australia
Company roll book, 1940–78 AP1182/5
Sydney
Recorded by: 5 Central Ammunition Depot, Australian Military Forces, Gladstone, South Australia
Correspondence files, 'R', 1942–86 D707
Sydney
Recorded by: 4 Base Ordnance Depot, Australian Military Forces, Keswick, South Australia
Correspondence files, 'R', 1947–75 D721
Sydney
Recorded by: 4 Field Dental Unit, Royal Australian Army Dental Corps, Warradale, South Australia
Unit roll books, 1948–89 D4317
Routine orders, 1949–71 AP1183/2
Routine orders, 1984–89 D4316
Company roll book, 1952–72 AP1183/4
Outwards correspondence logs, 1984–87 D4322
File index register, 1985–87 D4318
Inwards correspondence logs, 1985–87 D4320
Sydney
Recorded by: 12 Women's Royal Australian Army Corps Company, Keswick, South Australia
Unit file register, 1953–76 AP1280/1
Routine orders, 1973–75 AP1077/2
Sydney
Recorded by: 14 Psychology Unit, Army Psychology Corps
Company roll books, 1958–95 D5249
Sydney
Recorded by: 4 Ordnance Platoon, Australian Army, Warradale, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1958–88 D3809
Routine orders, 1968–75 AP1052/6
Routine orders, 1982–87 D3808
Unit roll books, 1976–84 D3810
Sydney and Melbourne
Recorded by: 4 Field Survey Squadron, Australian Army, Keswick, South Australia
Field, level, angle and tacheometer books, 1930–73 D4434
Sydney
Recorded by: 4 Field Survey Squadron, Australian Army, Keswick, South Australia
Routine orders, 1964–78 D733
Company roll books, 1970–94 D3961
General correspondence registers, 1979–96 D5197
Unit signals/message form register, 1985–96 D5198
Sydney
Recorded by: 3 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers, Warradale, South Australia
Routine orders, part 1, 1965–67 AP1346/1
Routine orders, part 2, 1971–75 AT2610/1
Company roll books, 1967–77 AP1075/6
Company roll books, 1967–77 AP1345/1
Sydney
Recorded by: 4 Military Police Company, Australian Army, South Australia
Unit administration files, 1965–84 D4577
Company roll book, 1972–79 AP1444/1
Routine orders, 1975–90 D4435
Routine orders, 1977–78 AP1443/1
Standing orders, 1976–76 AP1442/1
Unit roll books, 1977–90 D4468
Correspondence registers, 1989–91 D4484
Sydney
Recorded by: Adelaide University Regiment, Australian Army
Unit administration files, 1966–85 D4048
Unit roll books, 1966–95 D4221
Routine orders, 1981–87 D4050
Sydney
Recorded by: 16 Air Defence Regiment, Australian Army, Woodside, South Australia
Company roll books, 1969–71 AP939/11
Company roll books, 1969–71 AP939/2
Unit roll books, 1983–87 D4388
Sydney
Recorded by: 10 Battalion, Royal South Australian Regiment, Australian Army
Correspondence files, 1969–88 D3606
Roll books, 1972–83 D3604
Routine orders, 1975–87 D3602
Sydney
Recorded by: Proof and Experimental Establishment, Port Wakefield, South Australia
Routine orders, 1969–72 AP1185/2
Sydney
Recorded by: Army Guided Weapons Trials Unit, South Australia
Company roll books, 1971–74 AP965/8
Sydney
Recorded by: Adelaide Workshop Company, Australian Army, South Australia
Unit administration files, 1972–88 D4098
Sydney
Recorded by: 9 Training Unit, Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, Keswick, South Australia
Company roll book, 1973–76 AP1184/3
Routine orders, 1976 AP1184/2
Sydney
Recorded by: 'A' Squadron, 3/9 South Australian Mounted Rifles, Australian Army
Company roll books, 1973–81 D1294
Routine orders, 1975–79 AP1508/1
Routine orders, part 1, 1977–95 D1291
Sydney
Recorded by: South Australia 4 Training Group, Australian Army
Correspondence files, 'R', 1973–87 D731
Sydney
Recorded by: Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot, Warradale, South Australia
Routine orders, 1973–76 AP1182/3
Sydney
Recorded by: 41 Supply Battalion/411 Supply Company, Australian Army, South Australia
Roll books, 1976–88 D3811
Routine orders, 1977 AP1510/1
Sydney
Recorded by: Australian Army Band, Adelaide
Unit roll books, 1978–91 D4871
Unit routine orders, 1983–91 D4872
Sydney
Recorded by: 3 Forward General Hospital, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Keswick, South Australia
Admission and discharge books, 1980–86 D5233
Company roll books, 1983–88 D5235
Sydney
Recorded by: 27 Battalion, Royal South Australian Regiment, Australian Army
Routine orders, 1982–87 D3584

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