What is Adelaidia

Adelaidia is an interactive way of engaging with the history of our city to find out about, and engage with, the history of our city. This site (and a soon to come mobile app) is built on stories of the city’s people, places and events, the city streets and the buildings and monuments that line them, and the events that enliven them. It is also about the communities and organisations that have shaped the city and the broader historical subjects that help us make sense of the past and the present. And we want your help to tell the story, to share your stories of the city, your favorite images and your responses.

Adelaidia is a work in progress and will grow over time as we, and you, contribute more about our city. It aims to become a comprehensive and multifacteted history that reflects Adelaide in all its complexity and richness.

Adelaidia has been developed by History SA, a leading history and museum organisation that researches and preserves the history of South Australia for future generations. We seek to present history in a way that inspires exploration, discovery, exchange and understanding.

History SA is grateful to our content partners: the editors and publishers of the Wakefield Companion to South Australian History and the Historical Society of South Australia. We are also grateful to the many cultural institutions who have made their collections available to the project, in particular the State Library of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide City Council Archives.

This project has been funded through major exhibition funding from Arts SA.

Technical details

This site was developed in Drupal 7, an open source content management platform. The site utilises responsive design to ensure accessibility and a consistent user experience on multiple devices, including android and iOS. Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Forefox and Internet Explorer v.8 and newer. 

Currently in development for Adelaidia is a native mobile app for both android and iOS. The app, which is location specific, will allow users to explore Adelaidia content geographically near to them while on foot in the Adelaide CBD. An augmented reality viewer will enable users to browse the people, places, streets and things through their in-device cameras. Users will have the ability to contribute comments, photos and user stories through the app.

User contributions

Many areas of this site allow you, the user, to post their own material. You can leave comments on most pages, you can submit a 'user story' and upload related media to a topic entry on the site, you can suggest new content for inclusion on the site, you can upload media associated with existing content, and you can submit feedback about the site. Comments will be published directly to the site, while user stories, multimedia contributions and content suggestions will be moderated before being published. Offensive language is automatically checked by the system. Moderation and publication of user stories will occur as soon as possible. Submission of content to this site does not guarantee publication. History SA reserves the right not to publish any contribution that contravenes the moderation policy at its sole discretion.  

Materials posted by users do not necessarily reflect the views of Adelaidia or History SA. By posting materials on this site, you represent that you have all necessary rights in and to such materials and that such materials will not infringe any personal or proprietary rights of any third parties, nor will such materials be defamatory, unlawful, threatening, obscene or otherwise objectionable.

History SA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to review, edit or delete any material posted by users. Notwithstanding the foregoing, History SA expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for any material communicated by third parties through this website.

Site policies and statements

Visit Adelaidia's Terms and Conditions page to view more about our Privacy, Disclaimer and Moderation statements.