The Port Adelaide Historical Society is a non-profit organisation supported entirely by volunteers.  Based above the Semaphore Library, we have been collecting and preserving material pertaining to the Port Adelaide and districts area since 1972.

A quarterly magazine, the Portonian, is published and  has become a valuable source of Port Adelaide history for historians and researchers.Port Adelaide Historical Society

The Port Adelaide Historical Society  also operates the Austbuilt Maritime Museum, a treasure trove of artefacts and memorabilia of Australian shipping,

The Portonian Walk created in the Pioneer Park at Alberton offers more than a name recorded in stone and embedded in history.  The names are stored in a permanent data-base that will keep the name, the memory and the years safely available for future generations.  It is not necessary that one of your ancestors must have been buried in the Alberton Cemetery to enable an engraved paver to be laid, any deceased Port Adelaide resident can be permanently remembered with a paver showing their name and details.

The society has a publishing arm Hourglass Books as well as offering an annual award for publication of historical material pertaining to Port Adelaide named after a founding member Mavis Hoey.

The Semaphore Collection consists of framed pictures, photographs, maps, books, artefacts and printed ephemera covering periods back to the 19th century.  Many volumes have been filled with fact and detail that has been gathered by the Port Adelaide Historical Society and we are able to assist with simple queries.  For a reasonable investment our members can assist with more detail  research.

The Society rooms at 14 Semaphore Road, Semaphore and the Ausbuilt museum at 95 Fletcher Road Peterhead are opened at times promoted at, so come along and visit, tell your story or ask us your questions and you can become an important part of PRESERVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE.