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Original BDM Registers

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South Australia BDM District Registers


Selected District Registers are now in the custody of libraries in the areas where they were generated.  They are accessible to the public for research purposes, subject to conditions including a ban on photocopying of the entries.


Due to privacy considerations only the following district registers have been sent to the libraries:

•              Birth registrations from commencement of the particular districts records to 1922

•              Death registrations from commencement of the particular districts records to 1972

•              Marriage registrations from commencement of the particular districts records to 1937


Following are a schedule to help locate appropriate district registers and alphabetical list of suburbs and towns with the corresponding district numbers for easy identification.


Locations and Viewing Times are current from: October 2012






1. Adelaide               


Unley Libraries

Goodwood Library

101 Goodwood Road


Tel. (08) 8372 5426


10am – 6pm, Tuesday

10am – 6pm, Thursday

There are no duplicate certificates prior to 1856.

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2. Hindmarsh               



Charles Sturt Library Service

Hindmarsh Library

139 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Tel: (08) 8408 1333

Fax: (08) 8346 9269



Monday -  Friday 10.00 – 7.00pm

Saturday  12:30pm – 4:30pm

Sunday  Closed


Book for dedicated computer for genealogy.

Recommend contacting first.

Microfiche only of all registers.


3. Port Adelaide



Port Adelaide Enfield Public Library

Port Adelaide Branch Library

2-4 Church Street


Tel. (08) 8405  6580

Local History Opening Hours

10.00 - 1.00 Wed

2.00 – 5.00 Thurs & Fri

Books and microfiche are available during Local History Opening Hours upon request with supervision.

4. Norwood               




Campbelltown Library Service

171 Monacute Road

NEWTON  SA  5074

Tel. (08) 8366 9299

Fax. (08) 8366 9275

Email: library@campbelltown.sa.gov.au

www.campbelltown .sa.gov.au

10.00am – 6pm Mon,

9.30am – 6.00pm Wed and Thurs,

9.30am – 8.00pm Tues and Fri

9.30am – 2.00pm Sat,

1.00pm – 5.00pm Sun    


Registers can be accessed when the Local History Room is open on Mondays between 3.00pm – 5.00pm and Tuesdays between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

At other times during library opening hours, registers can be retrieved upon request and viewed at the library circulation desk.

5. Willunga (Morphett Vale





The Noarlunga Library

Ramsay Place


Tel. (08) 8384 0655


E: libraries@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

10am – 8pm, Mon to Thurs

10am – 5pm, Fri

10am – 4pm, Sat

Registers available for viewing during opening hours via microfiche form only. We are not encouraging customers to use the original registers, but under special circumstances they can apply to use them but only under special conditions ie. cotton gloves, with supervision of local studies officer, by appointment.

6. Encounter Bay (includes Victor Harbor & Goolwa)

Yankalilla (includes Kangaroo Island)

Alexandrina Library Service

Goolwa Public Library

11 Cadell Street

GOOLWA  SA  5214

Tel. (08) 8555 7000

Email. glibrary@alexandrina.sa.gov.au


9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri

9am – noon, Sat        


CDRom and microfiche registers may be viewed at any time during opening hours. Hard copy only in presence of staff or volunteers on Thursdays between 10am and noon, and 1pm to 4 pm

7. Talunga





Tea Tree Gully Library

571 Montague Road


Tel. (08) 8397 7333

Email: Ask@cttg.sa.gov.au www.teatreegully.sa.gov.au

10am – 8pm, Mon, Wed

10am – 5pm, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10am – 5pm, Sat

1pm – 5pm, Sun

Microfiche available any time the library is open. Access to originals is limited and requests must be made through the Local History Service.  Visit the website to see details of the collection.

8. Mount Barker

(Mt Barker, Nairne & Strathalbyn)




Mount Barker Community Library

5 Dumas Street


Tel. (08) 8391 7314


9am – 7pm, Mon

9am – 5pm, Tues, Wed, Fri

9am – 8pm, Thurs

9am – 4pm, Sat

History Officer present  Tues, Wed, Thurs 9-5pm

The library holds copies of the registers on microfiche which are available to the public during opening hours. Due to the fragility of the records, access to hard copy is no longer available.

9. Angaston

(Mt Crawford)               




Barossa Council Public Library

Nuriootpa Branch

43-51 Tanunda Road


Tel. (08) 8562 1107

Email: library@barossa.sa.gov.au


9am – 6pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

9am – 5pm, Fridays

9am – 12 noon, Sat

12pm – 3pm, Sun

All registers and indexes are on microfiche which are available to the public during opening hours. Due to the fragility of the records, access to hard copy is no longer available.

10. Gawler

(Port Gawler & Barossa)

Gawler Public Library

Institute Building, 91 Murray Street

GAWLER  SA  5118

Tel. (08) 8522 9213

Email: library@gawler.sa.gov.au

9am-5pm, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri

9am-1 pm, Tues, Sat

All registers and indexes are now on microfiche. There is no direct access and users are limited to four registers at a time.

11. Gilbert                       

(Upper Wakefield)

Riverton History Centre Riverton, 

21 Torrens Road 5412.

Tel : (08) 88472305.

Email : famhist@rbe.net.au


11.00am. – 3.00pm.              

Original Registers are held at the History Centre

and volunteers will assist the public with their search.


12. Kapunda               


Kapunda Public Library

53 Main Street


Tel. (08) 8525 3290

Email: library@light.sa.gov.au

9am – 5pm, Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri

9am – 8pm, Thurs

10am - 4pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

(Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Index in book form available during library open hours.  Original Registers can be accessed one at a time upon request.

Births - 1856-1922

Marriages - 1856- 1934

Deaths - 1856-1968

13. Daly               



Kadina Community Library

1a Doswell Tce Kadina 5554

Phone 88201444

Email: kadina.library@plain.sa.gov.au

Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9am – 5.30pm

Thurs 9am – 8pm

Sat 9am – 12noon

All registers and indexes are on microfiche for access whenever the library is open.

Volunteers available for assistance Tues 10am – 12noon and Wed 2pm – 4pm.

14. Clare               




Clare Public Library

33 Old North Road

CLARE  SA  5453

Tel. (08) 8842 3817

Email: clare.library@plain.sa.gov.au

History collection opening hours:

Thursday 10.30am – 4pm    

(Feb – Dec)

Location: Clare Town Hall

2nd  floor, 229 Main North Rd, Clare Tel.(08) 88426400 clarehistory@internode.on.net


Clare Library opening hours

10am – 6pm, Tues, Wed & Fri

10am – 8pm, Thurs

10am – 1pm,  Sat

Original registers are held in the history room, which is located on the second floor of the Clare Town Hall and is staffed with trained volunteers who will assist the public.


Microfiche copies available at the Clare Library.  Please contact the library prior to visit, as the Microfiche reader will need to be retrieved from storage.  Booking is essential.

15. Pirie               




Port Pirie Public Library

3 Wandearah Road


Tel. (08) 8632 1649

Fax. (08) 8633 0403


Email: library@pirie.sa.gov.au

9am-5pm Mon-Friday

1pm – 5 pm, Sun

There is a family history group which assists with requests and can be contacted through the library. They are also present for history requests from 1pm – 3pm Fridays.

Port Pirie has only district death registers from 1935 – 1970 as the District of Pirie was proclaimed later than other districts. Records are kept on microfiche as well as hardcopy.

16. Burra               



Burra Community Library

7 Bridge Terrace

BURRA  SA  5417

Tel. (08) 8892 2038

Fax. (08) 8892 2476

Email: burra.library@plain.sa.gov.au

Weekday afternoons till 6 pm, except  Wednesdays.

Original registers have been returned to the city due to their fragility.

We do have some microfiche and the current printed books of the State Indexes for births, marriages and deaths.

17. Frome               




Port Augusta Public Library

Civic Centre

4 Mackay Street

PO Box 120


T: (08) 8641 9151

E: palibrary@portaugusta.sa.gov.au


9am – 6pm, Mon, Wed, Fri

9am – 8pm, Tues, Thurs

10am – 1pm, Sat

2pm – 5pm, Sun

Closed public holidays


Registers are only available on microfiche.

18. Flinders       




Port Lincoln Public Library

2 London Street


Tel. (08) 8688 3622


MONDAY – FRIDAY 10am – 5pm and SUNDAY 1-4 pm; Closed Sundays of public holiday weekends and all public holidays. 

Microfiche of all registers

Enquiries welcome


19. Murray               




Berri Library & Information Centre

Kay Avenue

BERRI  SA  5343

Tel. (08) 8595 2666


8am – 6pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri

8am – 8pm, Thurs,

9am – 12 noon, Sat

Shortened hours during school holidays, closed public holidays & Christmas to New Year period

Local History Officer available, history room locked at all times with access during library hours. Dedicated Local History computer, bookings recommended, Death Registers 1934-1967, Indexes on CD for SA, Vic, QLD & Tas. Plus many other family history resources, CDs, books and microfiche. For catalogue of items, see


20. Pinnaroo



Murray Bridge Public Library

Level 2 Market Place

51 South Terrace


T: (08) 8539 1175

E: library@murraybridge.sa.gov.au


9.30am – 6pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

9.30am – 8pm, Fri

9.30am – 1pm, Sat

Original registers for Wellington & Pinnaroo (Births 1876-1922, Deaths 1876-1970, Marriages 1857-1935) can be accessed in the Local History Area during library opening hours. Limited staff assistance available.

21. Robe               




Naracoorte Public Library

De Gris Place


Tel. (08) 8762 2338

8.30am – 5.30pm, Mon

8.30am – 5.30pm, Tues, Wed, Fri

8.30am – 8pm, Thurs

8.30am – 12 noon, Sat

Records on microfiche are available in the local history room.

22. Grey               




Mount Gambier Public Library

6 Watson Terrace


Tel. (08) 8721 2540

E: publiclibrary@mtgambier.sa.gov.au


9:00am – 5:30pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday

10:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday

11:00am – 3:00pm Sunday

Accesses to registers are available anytime the Library is open, under supervision of a staff member.


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