What is the SA Government Photographic Collection?

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The South Australian Government Photographic Collection (c.1890-1957) is a collection of images that were taken by the Department of Lands photographic branch to record government activity, achievements and state celebrations over a sixty-seven year period. For a fee, photographs were also taken for other government departments for use in annual reports and parliamentary records. Over the years the collection also became a repository for government commissioned photographs including those taken by Frank Hurley in 1935 for the State's Centenary Committee to record the State after 100 years of European settlement (1836-1936). They are an excellent record of South Australia at work and at play, and recorded within the collection are ceremonial events, day-to-day progress of major public works and the growth of townships, ports, industry and trade.  

The original glass plates are held by State Records of South Australia. The History Trust of South Australia holds the catalogue and digitised copy set of the collection.