South Australian Railways was established in 1856 with the passing of the South Australian Railway Act (Act No. 27 of 1855 – 1856). In August 1975 responsibility for railways was split, with country lines becoming the responsibility of the Australian National Railways Commission (Commonwealth) and the newly formed State Transport Authority (State) assuming responsibility for metropolitan lines.
State Records holds the archives of the South Australian Railways, State Transport Authority and successor agencies. Records created by the Australian National Railways after 1975 are held by the National Archives of Australia.
South Australian Railways employee records
Series title and date range
Register of appointments confirmed – South Australian Railways, 1889 – 1926
See Special List. This series is also indexed by GRS 111 Index to employee appointment forms, 1889 - 1921
Staff registers - South Australian Railways, 1853 - 1913
See Special List
Record of officers with annual salaries - South Australian Railways, 1911-1913
Record of employees - South Australian Railways, 1882-1885
Record of Classified Officers, Temporary Employees, Non-Classified Officers and Cadets of the South Australian Railways and Tramways showing salaries and wages paid and allowances, 1873-1888
Record of appointments and transfers - South Australian Railways, 1917-1963
Classified lists of officers and employees of the South Australian Railways, 1889-1943
Staff history cards, - South Australian Railways, c1907 - c1961
Employees’ record of war service – South Australian Railways, 1914 - 1953
Record of employment sheets – South Australian Railways, c1880 – c1976
Register of Service, Resigned or Dismissed Employees of the South Australian Railways, 1920 - 1978
Note: Series IDs containing a D prefix are series that were originally located at the National Archives of Australia. These series are progressively being added to State Records’ catalogue ArchivesSearch. Please seek assistance if the series you wish to view are not available.