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Madden Records - Australia - Civil Registration - South Australia


The colony of South Australia was established in 1836. [New South Wales is the oldest established Australian colony, established in 1788. Tasmania became a separate colony in 1825 followed by South Australia [1836], Victoria [1851], Queensland [1859] and Western Australia [1887]. In 1901 the six colonies became a Federation of States of the Commonwealth of Australia. Two additional Territories were created in 1911: the Australian Capital Territory & the Northern Territory.]

Compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages in South Australia was introduced in 1842. The civil registration records are held by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office within the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. However, detail on the certificates is less detailed than many other states.

The first indexes to some of the early South Australian civil registration records were released in 1982 in printed and microfiche form. There are separate indexes for births, marriages and deaths before civil registration commenced, mainly from church records, from 1836 to 1842.

Currently the BMD Indexes for South Australia cover the following years:

- Births 1842-1928
- Marriages 1842- 1937
- Deaths 1842-1972

The indexes are now available for on-line. They are free to search. They can also be accessed (on both microfiche and CD) at The State Library of South Australia and other local libaries and genealogical societies. They are available on CD for the following years: Births 1842-1928, Marriages 1842-1937 and Deaths 1842-1972. South Australia Family History has SA Marriage indexes on-line from 1836-1852, including pre Civil Registration marriages and marriages not submitted to the Registrar.

The indexes include detail on the registration district of the event. A useful guide to the abbreviations used in the indexes is available at the South Australian Birth, Marriage & Death Directory page of the Family History South Australia. The full form of the abbreviated district has been included in brackets in the extracts below.

The index provides a registration number which can be used to order either transcripts [the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society provides a transcription service] or copies of the original certificate through the South Australia Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

MADDEN names from the South Australia BDM indexes have been extracted below.

Birth Index 1842-1928

Marriage Index 1842-1937

Deaths Index 1842-1972