Relatively recently I have discovered what a wealth of information is available about my South Australian ancestors in the annual Boothby and then Sands and Macdougall Directories from 1864 to 1973 that are available online to view for free at the State Library of South Australia web site.
What I am yet to discover is how to distinguish residential from business addresses and how to interpret the street names and numbers?
I am aware of this warning from the web site above:
Things to remember:
- From 1873 a street by street listing was compiled for the city, listing both businesses and private dwellings by location. Note that street numbers in the city have changed at least twice.
Here I will use just one directory and one of my ancestors to see if someone has any advice on how to interpret them.
These are two entries in the Sands and Macdougall Directory for 1900 that I believe correspond to my 2nd great grandfather Robert John Steven Sellers/Sellars about whom I have previously asked:
- Was Robert John Steven Sellers first to cycle Adelaide to Melbourne?
- What churches in/near Ward 6, Albany, New York State might have baptized Scottish baby in 1854?
- Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?
Although he was born in Albany, New York, USA of Scottish parents, the entries below are from Adelaide, South Australia where he spent most of his adult life.
On page 23/1182 (in the ALPHABETICAL STREET DIRECTORY) I find an entry
160 Sellars, R, civil service and on the previous page there is a subheading of
Regent st under a larger heading of
Halifax st - N side
On page 881/1182 (in the ALPHABETICAL DIRECTORY) I find another entry
SELLARS R J. S., draughtsman, 160 Halifax St
Read together I am confident that his occupation is Draughtsman and his employer is the Civil Service - this corresponds to much other information I have about him.
I am not certain whether his address is residential or work (but I suspect the former) and whether at that time it was 160 Regent Street or 160 Halifax Street (I think the latter).
Does someone perhaps know how to turn the above address information into a modern Adelaide street address that I could look at via Google StreetView or next time I am in Adelaide?
If the above corresponds to 160 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia today then I think clicking here has you looking at it.