The Clare History 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.


The Collection includes

  • an extensive library of books published about the area, as well as family and district histories.

    • Most of our written resources on the public library catalogue 

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Libraries

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Visual Guide to the Collection
Clare Northern Argus front page.jpeg
Clare Northern Argus.jpg

(Hint, click the newspaper image, then

select Newspapers & Gazettes>Browse)

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



  • 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.

  • The Group's own CRHG Index of local material, arranged by surname, subject and locality is ​in development.



Clare 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.

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