The South Australian Record

The South Australian Record was an English newspaper founded in London in 1837 specialising in news about South Australia, directed at potential investors and emigrants to that British colony. It was founded by Henry Capper, emigration clerk with the South Australian Colonization Office at Adelphi, London, who was editor and part owner. During its five year existence the paper went through several changes of name and ambit.


The Record was at first published monthly[1] (price 5d.) by Capper and John Gliddon from an office at 37 Great Marlborough street, Westminster, from 8 November 1837.[2]

A paragraph in the Record of (perhaps) 8 May 1839 contained a candid appraisal of one of the South Australian Company's representatives in the colony, which drew the ire of Robert Torrens, who recommended to the Governor that he publicly disown the statement as an "error" on Capper's part.[3] Rather than submit to this insult, Capper resigned from his position with the Colonization Office,[3] but continued publishing the Record.

The South Australian Record became briefly South Australian Record and Australasian Chronicle in 1840, became the South Australian Record and Australasian and South African Chronicle then in March 1841 the Australasian Record which ran to either late 1843 or early 1844.


Copies of the

have been digitized by the National Library of Australia and may be accessed using Trove.


  1. ^ "Majority of the Colony of South Australia". South Australian Register. XXII (3509). South Australia. 5 January 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 7 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia. A nice potted history of the early colony.
  2. ^ "Pages from Yesterday". The Register (Adelaide). LXXXIX (25, 927). South Australia. 1 February 1924. p. 11. Retrieved 6 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b "To the Editor of the Adelaide Guardian". South Australian Record And Australasian Chronicle (38). South Australia. 14 March 1840. p. 8. Retrieved 7 August 2019 – via National Library of Australia.