The Gawler Public Library is housed in the Gawler Institute, which has been serving the Gawler community's information needs in various ways for the last 158 years! Among many other services the library also manages the Gawler Heritage Collection on behalf of Council.

The Gawler Heritage Collection comprises of three unique collections:

  • the Gawler Institute Archives Collection
  • the Gawler Local History Collection
  • the Gawler Civic Collection

While these collections are primarily paper based (including photographic records) there are also many historical objects such as portraits, paintings, maps, plans and textiles.

Details of all local history resources as well as a selection of digitised items from the Gawler Heritage Collection are available via our online catalogue.  The publicly accessible Local and Family History computer provides access to a range of CD-ROM history resources such as birth, death and marriage Indexes of Registrations covering the periods 1842 to 1928 for births, 1842 to 1972 for deaths, and 1842 to 1937 for marriages.  E. H. Coombe's History of Gawler 1837 to 1908, George Loyau's Gawler Handbook and the Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 can be accessed via this computer. Microfiche and Microfilm records are also available.

For more historical information about the library and the Gawler area see our range of historical pamphlets.

Images below: Murray Street, Gawler, ca. 1907; Gawler Public Library Reading Room,  ca. 2010; Gawler Institute and Gawler Town Hall, ca. 2012.