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Hospitals, nursing homes and public health in South Australia: Introduction

Sources for historical information about South Australian health services. Includes information about where to find hospital records.

Staff of the Kapunda Hospital

Kapunda Hospital, 1901. B 58330/25

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The State Library has a number of electronic resources that are useful for searching topics relating to hospitals, nursing homes and public health in South Australia.

Some of these resources can only be accessed within the library and others can also be accessed from home by becoming a Home Access User.

Read more about the State Library's eResources.

Getting started

This Library Guide provides a guide to resources relating to the history of hospitals and nursing homes in South Australia, with a note concerning admission registers, and a supplement on the history of public health in South Australia.

It comprises selected published and unpublished material held in, or available at the State Library. Not all material listed here is on open access, and some material will need to be retrieved from storage. Check with staff at the Information Desk.

More material can be found in the Library catalogue.

Hospital and asylum indexes

Records for South Australian public hospitals and asylums are not held by the State Library of South Australia they are held by State Records of South Australia, however the Library does hold indexes to some of these records.

Adelaide Hospital admissions 1840 - 1853  Adelaide Hospital became the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1939.

Alphabetical index to register of infants born in the Destitute Asylum 1888 - 1930
Read more details about finding and accessing admissions records.