THE COLLECTION

The Group has gathered an extensive range of material, covering the history of Clare and the surrounding villages, even out some distance to surrounding townships. By interacting with other history groups in places such as Burra and Blyth, it has been possible to establish not only a wonderful collection about the building of a town and its surroundings but also much about the people of various ethnic origins who came to live and contribute to the growth of a lively community spirit.

Most of our resources on the public library catalogue  Clare and Gilbert Valleys Libraries

The large range of material in the Collection covers such items of historical value as:

* Clare's Northern Argus from 1869 to the present.
* Original Births (1857-1922), Deaths (1857-1970) and Marriages (1857-1935) for the Clare Registration District.
* The South Australia Register for the years 1836-1874.
* Church, School and Council records from the earliest days of the settlement in the area.
* A Cemetery Index of all known burials and headstones in the immediate vicinity.
* The Abbott Index to names in The Northern Argus and other early SA papers.

* The Pattullo Land History of Clare, detailing transactions for the area of the Hutt River Special Survey (1841-1990).

* Digger CD's for the the State Index to Births (1842-1928), Deaths (1842-1972) and Marriages (1842-1937) for the whole of SA.
Our local index extends beyond these dates slightly.

Development of the Group's own index of local material arranged by surname, subject and locality is in hand. The Collection includes an extensive library of books published about the area, as well as family and district histories.

History Group projects have included the reproduction of newspaper articles in a compact form. As an example, material extracted from The Northern Argus includes a series of 13 articles by John Joseph 'Boss' Simons, who had grown up in Clare and gone to Western Australia to a distinguished career. The History Group recognised the wonderful span of Clare's history which they contained, and these articles are now available in book form as The Clare I Remember - Reminiscences of Clare in the 1880s & 1890s.