Professional Historians Association (South Australia)

Sumerling, Patricia

Unit 7/1 Frederick Street
Maylands SA 5069
ABN 89 237 654 996
Telephone (08) 8362 8262



Member status

Professional Historian

Academic qualifications/status

BA (Hons) (Adelaide), MA (Flinders)

Membership of related societies

Historical Society of South Australia, Norwood, Payneham, St Peters Historical Society, North Adelaide Society

Professional experience

More than two decades as a researcher; 13 years as a hotel historian; conservation studies of public and private buildings; heritage survey consultant; land use surveys of industrial lands; record management and archival experience; former historian for 6 years with Adelaide City Council.

Skills and services offered

Archival and library research; heritage studies; lands title searches, oral history; photographic research; public speaking; research; historical tour guide; writing;


Heritage of the City of Adelaide (1990) (co-author); ‘’The West End’ in William Shakespeare’s Adelaide 1860-1930 (1992); Aldersgate, a history 1943-1992 (1992); Down at the Local: A History of the Hotels of Norwood, Kensington & Kent Town (1998); contributor to Wakefield Companion to South Australian History (2001).

Research interests

Architecture, Australian studies, Biography; Compiling bibliographies; Crime; Cultural Tourism; Heritage studies; Hotel and liquor industry; House history; Industrial history; Law; Local history; Mining History; Organisation histories; South Australian studies; Urban history.

Tags: Architecture, Australian studies, Biography, Compiling bibliographies, Crime, Cultural tourism, Heritage studies, Heritage surveys/studies, Hotel and liquor industry, House history, industrial history, Land titles searches, Law, Local history, Mining history, Oral history, Organisation histories, Photographical research, Public speaking, Research, South Australian studies, Tour guides/brochures, Urban history, Writing