Frequently asked questions

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History SA staff receive a large number of public enquiries each year. Along with our msueums, we provides a fantastic resource for people with an interest in a wide range of South Australian history related topics.

The frequently asked questions below are aimed at answering some of the more common questions we are asked. Please have a look and see if you can find what you are looking for. If more information is required you can send your enquiry to one of our staff, or view our museum FAQs.

Do I need permission to publish from the SA Government Photographic Collection

Images in the collection do not have any copyright restrictions under the Copyright Act. However, before using an image from the collection for any purpose (including publishing), you are required to complete a permission to publish form. Read more about Do I need permission to publish from the SA Government Photographic Collection >

How can I access or order from the SA Government Photographic Collection?

You can contact the History Trust of South Australia to make an appointment to view the collection. History Trust is working towards making the collection accessible online from late 2014.

To order a high resolution digital copy of an image you need to contact the History Trust. Please advise us which images you would like to purchase and how you intend to use the images (eg. for personal use or publication in a book). An administrative fee may apply. Read more about How can I access or order from the SA Government Photographic Collection? >

How can the History Trust of SA's museums assist with my research?

The History Trust of South Australia's three museums provide varied resources for people interested in South Australian history. Read more about How can the History Trust of SA's museums assist with my research? >

What is the SA Government Photographic Collection?

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. Read more about What is the SA Government Photographic Collection? >

Where else can I research my South Australian family history?

There are various services that may assist in researching your family history in South Australia. Key organisations include: Read more about Where else can I research my South Australian family history? >