The South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register was both newspaper and official organ for all government notices between June 1836 and June 1839

The South Australian Government Gazette began publication in June 1839.


The index to the South Australian Government Gazette was published annually up to 1876; since then it has been published half-yearly.

The index is normally found with the gazette itself.

Not sure where to start?


Search South Australian Government Gazettes online from 1999 to the present.The Gazette is published in two series: General (weekly) and Extraordinary (irregular).


South Australian Gazettes online also include a Gazette Archive. Dates from 1839 to 1999 are hosted by AustLII.

The South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register is available online through Trove. Dates are irregular, and range between 1836 and 1839

Where can you find South Australian gazettes in print?

Use the Australian Government Publications Guide, GovPubs, to help locate South Australian gazettes in Australian libraries.

  • Select the link which shows the gazette series and date you need,
  • Select the link for the library you are using ('NLA' for the National Library of Australia)
  • Use the 'Amicus Number' or call number from this record to find it in the Catalogue.

Other Gazette series

South Australian Industrial Gazette; 7 July 1977 to 20 June 1991.

See also the former title, South Australian Government Gazette (Industrial), 1 July 1976 to 30 June 1977.

South Australian Police Gazette; 1868 to 1985


South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (1836-1839)

South Australian gazette and colonial register

This was South Australia’s first newspaper and is the major printed source covering the establishment of the colony. In some cases it is the only source describing events such as the first government land sales, and the establishment of schools, businesses, churches and self-government. See more at the State Library of South Australia.


In the Library, you can photocopy or photograph printed pages. Microfilmed gazettes can be printed or saved to a USB drive.

If you can't visit the Library, you can use the National Library's Copies Direct service to request a copy and have it sent to you via mail or email.

To place a Copies Direct order, simply click on the Order a Copy button located at the top of the catalogue record, and complete the online order form. Add as much information as you have:

  • gazette date
  • gazette number
  • page number
  • position number if applicable
  • title of proclamation or the name of the person concerned