In July 1837 the State’s first hospital opened in a tent, and since that time South Australia has developed an extensive public hospital sector.  State Records holds a collection of records from public hospitals including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Glenside Mental Hospital, Kangaroo Island Health Service, Port Augusta Hospital, the Murray Bridge Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, the Port Adelaide Casualty Hospital, the Queen Victoria Hospital and Yorke Peninsula Health – Maitland Hospital.

Royal Adelaide Hospital

State Records has published indexes to the admission registers for the Royal Adelaide Hospital covering 1842-1904. These are also available in our Research Centre in electronic and hardcopy formats.

Port Augusta Hospital

The Port Augusta Hospital was opened in 1875 with only two beds and was situated near Flinders Redcliffs.  On 23rd March 1910, the Port Augusta Hospital was registered as a training hospital for nurses.

In 1997 an 82 bed hospital was opened to treat the people of Port Augusta, the Flinders Ranges and far northern areas of South Australia. Records relating to this subject were created by Port Augusta Hospital (GA 938).

Records documenting patients and staff at Port Augusta Hospital – series held

Series ID

Series title and date range


Indexes available

GRS 6274

Admission and discharge registers - Port Augusta Hospital, 1875 - 1949

Open after 80 yearsNone available. Some volumes are self-indexed
GRS 6328Anaesthetic book - Port Augusta Hospital, 1900 - 1911OpenSelf-indexed
GRS 6329Register of patients, Port Augusta Hospital, 1894 - 1949OpenNone available
GRS 6330Visitor's Book, Port Augusta Hospital, 1889 - 1959OpenNone available
GRS 6383House Committee Visitor's Book, Port Augusta Hospital, 1898 - 1929OpenNone available
GRS 6435Theatre Register, Port Augusta Hospital, 1917 - 1929OpenNone available
GRS 7995Check Department Book (Staff Salaries/Appointments) - Port Augusta Hospital, 1911 - 1931OpenNone available
GRS 8049

Patients' Property Book - Port Augusta Hospital 1923 - 1974

OpenNone available

This Fact Sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format - Port Augusta Hospital


The above is limited information about two specific hospitals.  Descriptions and access conditions for these and other series held, as well as agency descriptions and agency inventories, are available via State Records’ catalogue ArchivesSearch.

Further assistance

Researchers requiring assistance should contact a State Records Reference Officer by:

·     visiting the State Records Research Centre

·     completing our online enquiry form

·     calling us on +61 8 8343 6800.


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