Family matters

SA postal directories going online

For those of you like me researching South Australian family history you will be pleased to know that the State Library of South Australia is gradually making most of  the South Australian postal directories available online from 1864 to 1973 when publication ceased.

Directories were commercial publications and accuracy of the information contained in them does vary however they can be a great way of tracing an individual’s movements. Usually only the head of the household is included and initials rather than full first names.

Knowing that my grandmother Ann Marie Burrows was living at the Dover Castle Hotel in the 1930s period I searched the digitised directory online for 1933 and located three references to her at the Dover Castle 47-49 Archer Street, North Adelaide. Each directory has to be searched individually. Once located I was able to enlarge the pages as in the link below.

http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/almanacsanddirectories/1933sandsandmac/#/67/zoomed

 The  State Library of South Australia has so far completed to 1959 (1915, 1916, 1919, 1922,1925, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938 and 1960-1973 are currently unavailable).

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