Archives and Collections

Where history comes to life

The Prince Alfred College Archives is a significant and valuable collection of tangible cultural heritage, which documents the unique history of school life over more than 150 years. Donated material adds to the College's rich narrative and ensures that the College's research and stories are preserved for the benefit of both current and future generations.

About the collection

The Archives currently comprise 1806 Archival Series records of approximately 1.3 linear kilometres of materials relating to the history of Prince Alfred College. These include collections of photographs, papers, memorabilia, a range of objects, trophies, medals, uniform, School ledgers, score books, College publications and official records of the School. 

Viewing the collection 

Collections are available to staff, students, researchers and the general public by appointment in the Archives Office in the Main Building. 

A closed period of 25 years applies to most records. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by application in writing to the Headmaster via advice from the College Archivist.

Field of Remembrance - Roll of Honour

Since the inception of Prince Alfred College in 1869, a commitment to service in all its forms has been paramount.

The Field of Remembrance Roll of Honour is a special project undertaken in 2023/24 by the College Archivist, staff and students to research and recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by past students and staff during war times.

The Roll of Honour currently features the fallen from WWI and WWII with subsequent times of conflict being included in coming months and years.

Prince Alfred College Museum and Art Gallery 

WWI Memorial Library

Housed in the Memorial Building (1924), the WWI Memorial Library recognises the service and sacrifices made by Old Scholars during the First World War. The museum houses a fascinating collection of memorabilia, including photographs, trophies, medals, uniform and other objects. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm during term time. 

The Ashton Room

Located on the first floor in the Main Building, the Ashton Room houses a significant collection of artworks by, and related to, South Australian artist and educator, James Ashton (4 April 1859 - 2 August 1935). The gallery is available to view Monday to Friday by appointment. 

Donations to the Archives

The richness of the College's collections owes much to the donations we receive. If you have any material which you think might be of interest to the College Archives, we would love to hear from you. Although we are unable to accept all offers we receive, we are always grateful for the opportunity to consider them for appraisal. For more information, please contact Kate Pulford, Archivist.

The Archives is generously supported by the Geyer Fund, which was established through a bequest from the late Mrs Dawn Geyer OAM. Established 2016, the Dawn Geyer Archives Fund supports the ongoing development of the College Archives and the preservation of historic items. Find out more about supporting our Museum and Cultural Collections here

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Meet the College Archivist

Kate Pulford, Archivist

'I am passionate about unlocking the tangible cultural heritage of our Archives by making them more accessible through digital mediums. I manage and promote best practices in archives and records management by collecting, accessioning, preserving, conserving and, where necessary, restoring records pertaining to the function and general operation of the School and our wider community.

As a professionally qualified archivist and Recognised Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists, I have strong knowledge of risk management in archives including privacy, cultural sensitivity, copyright, and donor liaison. I ethically ensure records which have value as authentic evidence of administrative, corporate, cultural and intellectual activity, are made, kept and used. I love to hear from members of our community and to welcome visitors to the Archives, so please feel free to get in touch.' 

Archives Office opening times

The Archives Office is open Monday - Thursday during school terms by appointment. Closed public holidays.

Contact our Archives

For more information about the College Archives, or to arrange a visit, please contact Kate Pulford, Archivist on 08 8334 1200 or via email