Cyclopedia of South Australia 1907-09 - H. Burgess


Cat No.:   AU5004:

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, palaentology, mineralogy, fauna, flora,

aborigines of South Australia - numbers, tribal and social organisation, customs, rite and ceremonies etc.

History of South Australia

Legislature - Commonweatlh and state

Government, parliament and the legislature

Government departments

Legal and Judicial

Men of Mark


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

VOLUME 2 - Launceston and the Northern towns


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 darama

Health resorts

Adelaide tramways, fire brigades



Land agents and auctioneers

Commerce and industry

Stock and station agents


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. To illustrate the value of this, the following number of returns were obtained from searching the two volumes - using the Adobe Reader 6 Search.


Sample Search Results

Names (often none or only 1 or 2 in the indexes)

- Gibson - 101

- Meredith - 63

- Williams - 140


Places (usually 1 at the most in the indexes)

- Devonport - 265

- Hagley - 46

- Longford - 321

- London - 500

- Ireland - 113

- Scotland - 160

- Yorkshire - 40


Other (usually only 1 at the most in the indexes)

- butcher - 105

- cricket - 170

- dentist - 16

- hotel - 461

- Presbyterian - 111


The entire text from the two volumes is searchable - names, places and any other words in the text or advertisements


High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book.

No. of CDs is:  1 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

FastFind:  Yes;  ISBN No.:   9781920978839;