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Transcripts: Life in the 20th century

Use this research guide to delve into transcripts of handwritten documents on a variety of topics. More transcripts are linked to relevant records in our catalogue.

Life in the 20th century, mainly in South Australia

Reference number



D 4639

Charles Darwin

Undated letter from England in which he discusses a possible German translation of Origin of species undated

D 4701

Keith George Brougham

Reminiscences of life 'west of the Darling' around Broken Hill and Poolamacca and on Gnalta and Yalcowinna stations from the late 19th century to 1947

D 4840

William A Norman

Research paper on the history of Mitcham 1951

D 5037

John Crawford Woods

Reminiscences and five diaries kept by the first Unitarian Minister in Adelaide 1824-1906, and a diary by his wife 1907

D 6551

Auguste Heinecke

Note by teacher of violin and co-founder of the Adelaide College of Music (forerunner of the Elder Conservatorium) with interpolations and translation from the German by Professor and Mrs Henry Krips ca 1916.

D 6750/10

Frances Diana Christison

Diary of Christison, nee Hope, of Weroona, near Clare, of a journey by Bond's Tourist Motor Coach from Adelaide to Darwin and return 23 May-11 August 1928

D 6903

GF Seaman

Notebook on the Sturt Valley of South Australia ca 1928

D 7257

WH Ellis

Speech given by Ellis at the annual dinner of the S.A. Commercial Travellers and Ware-housemen's Association, held at the South Australian Club Hotel on 11 September 1903.

D 7384

Sarah Jane Niall

Reminiscences of life in Van Diemen's  Land and South Australia, with notes on the Nihill family (variant spellings of name) 1900

D 7636

John Gilbert Partridge

Reminiscences of an auctioneer and commission agent at Port Augusta 1915-22

D 7723

HL Thornber

Reminiscences of his father, Charles Rowland Thornber, his arrival in South Australia in 1839, early experiences as a member of the gold escort under Tolmer and Alford, and married life in Wallaroo and Moonta 1922

D 7734

ET Crouch

Notes on the nomenclature of Mount Gambier ca 1925

D 8053

The Ward Street Weakly Wail

Manuscript newspaper compiled by an anonymous author/editor and published at 142 Ward Street, North Adelaide dated 15 November 1901 

PRG 22/1/14

Frederick William Coneybeer

Diary of a Labor Member of Parliament and Minister of Education 1901

PRG 88/7

Catherine Helen Spence

122 letters by social and political reformer and literary figure Spence to her niece Alice Henry 1900-1910

PRG 101/2

Arthur Hardy and family

100 long and detailed letters between family members, mainly in London and Arthur’s residence Birksgate in Urrbrae, South Australia, discussing crops and gardens, local matters and people 1838-1906

PRG 136/11

Thorburn Brailsford Robertson

Diary of a trip by train from Adelaide to Sydney, then by ship to New Zealand, Pago-Pago (American Samoa), Honolulu, then to San Francisco 1905. This diary can be viewed within the Library but the transcript has been deleted at the request of the copyright owner

PRG 171

George Henry Pitt

Entertaining historical writings on ‘buildings of old Adelaide’ and ‘women in the early days’ written by an archivist in the 20th century

PRG 266/59

Gilbert Family

Miscellaneous letters and newspaper clippings from a collection belonging to the Gilbert Family of Pewsey Vale, the renowned pioneer South Australian sheep pastoralists and breeders 1907-1913, 1923.

PRG 1308/3

John Ernest Jones

Diaries of travels and working life, including survey trips to Chaffey, visits to Victoria and New South Wales. Gives an insight into the nature of life on the road during the Depression years 1923-51

PRG 1335/1 and 
PRG 1335/8

E P (Prim) Whyte

Letters by Whyte as manager of Yadlamalka sheep station near Port Augusta, to Messrs TH Dolman & Co. Ltd (the station owners). Also includes two letters to EP Whyte from WH (Bill) Grantham 1942-44

PRG 1399/85

Wilson Family

Papers relating to Edmund M, Theodore AG and George A Wilson 1853-1935, 1960, 1971

PRG 1542/3

Elizabeth Johnston

Two diary/notebooks kept by Elizabeth Johnstone, wife of Elliott Johnston, on her visit to China in May 1977

PRG 1602/1

RA Cummings

Diary by a member of the Murray Cods Olympic Team Paris 1924