Collab partners hold expansive digital collections and datasets – irreplaceable records that shape our knowledge of history and the natural and cultural world.  You can access an aggregated listing of all datasets at the bottom of the page or filter via the tags to your right.

South Australian Museum

For more than 150 years the South Australian Museum has been collecting, researching and sharing the stories of Australia’s unique natural and cultural heritage, and is today one of the most highly visited museums in the country. It cares for collections of national and international significance including the Australian Polar Collections, the Australian Biological Tissue Collection, and the Australian Helminthological Collection. The South Australian Museum is responsible for the most comprehensive collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material in the world, and also has a strong reputation for research collections in the fields of Mineralogy and Paleontology.

The Museum’s archive is a national collection that documents the Museum’s history, research interest and exhibitions since 1800s and contributes to an understanding of Australian Aboriginal & world’s cultures, earth and biological sciences.

Over 500,000 records from the South Australian Museum’s biological collections can be accessed via the Atlas of Living Australia. A number of other collections can be accessed via the State Government data portal, these include the Australian Helminthological (Parasitic worms) Collection, the mineralogical collection and the meteorite collection. The Museum’s Archives catalogue can be viewed on the Museum’s website.

Note: At this time the catalogues for the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Collection, World Cultures Collection and Palaeontological Collection are not available online.

History Trust of South Australia

The History Trust of South Australia is a history and museums organisation that operates three museums – the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum and the Centre of Democracy in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia. The History Trust is caretaker of the State History Collection and ensures current and future generations can enjoy their state’s rich and fascinating past in ways that are relevant today.

The History Trust supports South Australia’s state-wide history network of committed community museums, local history organisations and volunteer associations to make South Australia’s history and large distributed collections more accessible both locally and globally.

History Trust collections are available to search and browse via a number of digital collections and exhibitions sites.

History Trust datasets can be viewed and accessed via the State Government data portal.

State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is the largest public reference library in the State. Its collection has a strong focus on information pertaining to South Australia as well as general reference material for research purposes. The Library actively collects, preserves and gives access to the State’s historical and contemporary documentary heritage, as well as providing public programs that enhance South Australia’s cultural life.

It also supports the South Australian public libraries network and cooperates with other State and interstate agencies to enhance economic, educational and social benefits for South Australia.

The State Library’s digital collections are available to browser via their digital collections site.

The State Library’s datasets can be viewed via the State Government data portal.

Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the largest art museum collections in the country numbering approximately 41,000 works of art from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. The collections feature paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and furniture. The diverse Australian collection is a comprehensive survey of Australian art from colonial to contemporary – with a strong commitment to Aboriginal art, while the European collection features Greek and Roman antiquities and works from the late fifteenth century up until present day. Also of particular note is the Asian collection, which is one of the most distinguished collections of its type in Australia.

The Art Gallery’s digital collections are available to browse via their digital collections site.


Photographs relating to Sir Ross Smith and Sir Keith Smith

Photographs relating to Sir Ross Smith and Sir Keith Smith and the 1919 Epic Flight from England to Australia. For more information about the Smith brothers and their prize-winning flight see the State Library of South Australia’s [Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, pioneer aviators]( “Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, pioneer aviators”) website.

South Australian Photographs

Photographs relating to South Australia feature localities across the state, houses and buildings, portraits, social and historical events, industry, farming, transport and more. Divided into four time periods: – pre 1900 – 1900 – 1919 – 1920 – 1949 – 1950 onwards

South Australian Photographs World War 1 1914-1929

This dataset is an extract from the photographic collections of the State Library of South Australia and is related to World War 1.The set includes individual photographs and those that were collected in albums. Content includes portraits of soldiers, marches, camps, group shots, on location in the Dardanelles, and Western front, activities on the home

19th Century Photographs by Townsend Duryea

The photographs (approximately 165) were taken by Townsend Duryea, a noted photographer of colonial South Australia. Duryea was active in South Australia 1855-1875. He and his brother were the first known photographers to work in areas of South Australia outside Adelaide. Duryea is particularly known for his panoramas of Adelaide and portraits of surviving original

Newspaper Articles relating to Sir Ross Smith

Newspaper articles relating to Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 Epic Flight from England to Australia. Datasets are divided into themes of prelude to the epic flight, the epic flight and death and funeral of Sir Ross Smith. Articles are sourced from South Australian newspapers *The Advertiser*, *Daily Herald*, *The Observer* and *The Register*.

Old Colonists photographs

Portrait photographs of ‘Old Colonists’ – settlers who arrived in the colony of South Australia before 1841. The men Old Colonists were invited to attend a banquet held by businessman Emanuel Solomon on 28 December 1871 to commemorate 35 years since European colonisation. Photographs are sourced from two composite or ‘mosaic’ photographs, one of men

Departed spirits: Lost pubs of Adelaide

Known as the city of churches, Adelaide has also been described as the city of pubs. This dataset contains 160 selected images of hotels that have been put to other, more sober, uses or have been demolished. Use in conjunction with the Flickr API [](

Maps and Charts

This dataset contains images of more than 1000 selected maps and charts with South Australian coverage. Use in conjunction with the Flickr API [](

Lost Adelaide Architecture Photographs

Two photo sets on Flickr containing photographs of Lost Adelaide architecture from Central Adelaide (78 photographs) and Adelaide’s West End (70 photographs). These photographs have been used in two of the State Library’s walking tours for hand held devices, Lost Adelaide and Lost Adelaide: West End. Contains brief information about each building and location.