South Australian Police Historical Society

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South Australia Police Historical Society

The SA Police Historical Society and Museum is located in old accommodation and mess facilities in the historical Thebarton Police Barracks which are accessed off Gaol Road.

The collection is maintained by retired police officers who are dedicated to the preservation of the police history of South Australia. The SA Police established in 1838 under Henry Inmann is one of the oldest police forces in the world.

All requests for information will be subject to a search fee and consumable charges. The release of information may be subject to legal restrictions and applicants for records must state for what purpose the information is required.

Personal access is no longer welcomed (Jul 2009) and all communications for records has to be by mail. The best time to make contact is by telephone on a Thursday morning.

Tours of the museum are by appointment only. The collection features historical costumes and a wonderful collection of badges from across the world. It is possible to hire police costumes from the Society.

Items of special interest to family historians include:

  • Police officer biographies
    * Station journals
    * Police artifacts

The Museum can be contacted by any of the following:

G.P.O. Box 1539
Adelaide SA 5001.

Telephone: (08) 8207 4099
Fax: (08) 8207 4011

Our email address

The office is staffed on Wednesdays and Thursdays only!  Messages can be left on the answering machine       on other days.