South Australian Centenary Celebrations photographic collection



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This sub-collection of the South Australian Government Photographic Collection (c.1890-1957) comprises 245 images of South Australia’s 1936 Centenary celebrations.

The images cover the activities and events held throughout 1936, including the decorating of buildings, statues, trams and trains, and the holding of special conferences, re-enactments, parades and pageants across the state. Five images show Aboriginal South Australians on floats during the Pageant of Progress, the grand finale of the state’s year-long celebrations. These five images represent the presence of Aboriginal people when Matthew Flinders explored the South Australian coastline in 1802, the landing of Governor Hindmarsh, and at the time of the Proclamation in 1836.

This collection of photographs gives valuable insights into celebrations that were designed to highlight South Australia’s achievements during its first century of British settlement. The photographs capture important events in which the public participated including the Centennial Exhibition at Wayville Showgrounds, the children’s Pageant of Empire at Adelaide Oval, the Pageant of Progress through Adelaide, and the re-enactment of the 1836 landing and Proclamation at Glenelg. Many other events are also featured in the collection. The images illustrate the various social, cultural, sporting, educational, economic, religious, political and historical elements and attitudes that shaped life in South Australia at the time.

A History SA collection. Access to collection items is by appointment only.

The original glass plates are held by State Records of South Australia (GRG35/342). History SA holds the catalogue and digitised copy set of the collection.


Associations; Celebration; Ceremonies; Groups; Pageants; Parades; South Australia; South Australian history

Glass plate negatives

History SA, South Australia

Coverage Spatial

Adelaide, South Australia; Australia

Coverage Temporal



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