Port Lincoln births, deaths and marriages bound for Adelaide

RECORDS: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, manager library operations Louise Mrdjen and Port Lincoln City Council chief executive officer Matthew Morgan with the records bound for Adelaide.
RECORDS: Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, manager library operations Louise Mrdjen and Port Lincoln City Council chief executive officer Matthew Morgan with the records bound for Adelaide.

The Port Lincoln Library is saying farewell to records of the region's births, deaths and marriages from as far back as 1842, which are being sent to Adelaide to be kept with State Records SA.

The library has had ledgers listing births (1842-1922), marriages (1842-1935) and deaths (1842-1968) for the District of Flinders in its safekeeping for many years.

These ledgers are being recalled by State Records SA to be kept at its Gepps Cross research centre in order to preserve these records, along with the original ledgers from other districts across the state.

Manager library operations Louise Mrdjen said the records had been publically available until at least the mid 1990s and then were put into storage, however the library had made them available to people who were doing family research.

CHRONICLED: Peter Treloar has a look over one of the ledgers.

CHRONICLED: Peter Treloar has a look over one of the ledgers.

She said State Records SA had seen how precious these records were and wish to look after them so they could be preserved for future generations.

"It is (sad), but heartening to know they will be looked after for future generations and will be in appropriate storage," she said.

Mrs Mrdjen said the library had worked to ensure they would continue to be readily available for people locally.

"Over the last six months we have digitised records so people will still be able to see what they looked like and have transferred them to a searchable database," she said.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar visited the library on Thursday and had a close look at the ledgers, and said it was great to know efforts were being made to preserve the records for posterity.

"It's a really important record for Eyre Peninsula and it's nice to know they've been preserved so well up until now and will be preserved for safe keeping for years to come," he said.

"One of my interests and passions is local history so I find records such as these fascinating and important to the recorded history of the district."