St John SA Museum & Research Centre

We highly value the historical heritage of St John and its evolution throughout the ages, which has enabled it to grow into the modern-day organisation we champion today. In order to capture and document this history, the St John Historical Society of SA was established in 1988 and is part of a network of St John Historical Societies throughout Australia. Each year a Historical Seminar is held where the societies gather and subsequently publish an annual journal. It is a fascinating record of St John history that ensures these important stories and moments in time are documented for future generations to enjoy.

Our dedicated team of Historical Society volunteers work tirelessly to collect, manage, preserve and research artefacts that reflect the history of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance. Many of these elements are on display in the St John SA Historical Museum, which is open for members of the public to enjoy. Coupled with the extensive knowledge our Historical Society volunteers have of St John, the museum is a treasure trove of St John history and memorabilia.

At the beginning of 2021, our museum moved to its new location in Brighton. Our volunteers are very excited to welcome you for a tour of the interesting artefacts and pieces of St John history.

Address: 7 Arundel Road, Brighton

Visiting hours

Fridays 10:30am to 12:30pm

Sundays 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Group bookings can be made at any mutually agreed time. To arrange a time, please call 0456 053 908.

St John SA Museum & Research Centre Videos

The following video series is delivered by volunteers from the St John Historical Society of SA. You will learn a range of interesting information about the history and origins of St John Ambulance SA and get a taste of what you can experience and view within our museum collection.

These videos were made possible by a grant from The History Trust of SA through its MaC program.

St John SA Museum & Research Centre Introduction



History & Foundation

History and Foundation


Women in St John

Women in St John


Ambulance Service

Ambulance Service