Vital BDM Records

South Australian Births

1836 to 1860

Child: surname given name
Sorting of results:

Enter the child's, father's, or mother's surname into its box. One surname is required. All other names are optional.

Note that the exact and sounds like searches only apply to the child's surname which may contain one wildcard. All other fields are always searched by the contains method.

Other notes

The place is usually the residence, which may not be the birth place. If not recorded, the registration district may be abbreviated within brackets to give an indication of location.

Most of the birth records prior to civil registration are from church baptism registers. If there is no birth date, the baptism date may be used and indicated by (bap), but it may be long after the birth. Where there is a baptism date, the place is where baptised or the residence, which may not be the birth place. The mother's maiden name and any former married names are usually included.


The major sources of these early records were church baptism registers and the index to South Australian birth certificates. Both of these sources are subject to errors, many of which have been corrected here. At present, this database contains more than 2,000 unregistered births in addition to those that were registered. Grateful thanks to contributors of new and revised birth data from all sources.

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