Cyclopedia of South Australia 1907-09
Cyclopedia of South Australia 1907-09. H. Burgess. 1907, 09. The Cyclopedias that were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information on the state concerned - the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more.

They include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.

This CD includes facsimile images of the entire two volumes of the original 1907-1909 edition.


  • 642 pages, 600 photographs and 500 biographies
  • General overview - geography. scenery, climate, geology, paleontology, mineralogy, fauna, flora,
  • aborigines of South Australia - numbers, tribal and social organisation, customs, rite and ceremonies etc.
  • History of South Australia
  • Legislature - Commonwealth and state
  • Government, parliament and the legislature
  • Government departments
  • Legal and Judicial
  • Men of Mark
  • Consular
  • Defence - Naval and Military Forces in South Australia
  • Hospitals, medical, asylums, the destitute poor
  • Crown Lands, Immigration and Agriculture - lands, mines roads, fisheries, stock and brands, woods and forests, parks and gardens
  • Public Works - water supply, railways, tramways, harbours
  • Educational - library, museum and art gallery
  • Local government - Adelaide, Port Adelaide and various suburban councils and suburban "districts"
  • The South Australian Press
  • Banking, Insurance and Finance
  • The Stock Exchange of Adelaide
  • Professions - architects and surveyors, accountants
  • Commerce and industry
  • General Index to Biographies in Volume 1


  • 1112 pages, nearly 2300 photographs and 2100 biographies
  • Explorers and exploration
  • The River Murray
  • Educational - university, school of mines, collegiate schools
  • Ecclesiastical - various denominations and undenominational organisations
  • Philanthropic institutions
  • Industry - agriculture, pastoral, horticulture, viticulture, secondary rural industries, mining
  • Medical, dental, pharmaceutical
  • Freemasonry, friendly societies
  • Scientific, literary and other associations
  • Political organisations
  • Sporting and recreation
  • Music and drama
  • Health resorts
  • Adelaide tramways, fire brigades
  • Markets,
  • Shipping
  • Land agents and auctioneers
  • Commerce and industry
  • Stock and station agents
  • General
  • COUNTRY TOWNS - by region and town - occupying the major part of this volume
  • The Northern Territory
  • Broken Hill New South Wales
  • General Index to Biographies in Volume 1

Greatly enhanced access to Cyclopedia content

As with many other products being published under the Archive CD Books project access to the vast amount of information is now greatly enhanced The indexing of the original volumes and their general arrangement still give only limited references to the many people, places and subjects that are largely hidden in the extensive text.

NOW that is all changing. The entire text is now easily searched. And the machine read OCR text has been corrected to ensure 100% of the text can now be searched.

The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to cooperate with local libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection, and to donate books to their collections, where they will be preserved for future generations.