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Economic History: Industries in the 1920s and 1930s: Government Resources: Library Guide: Statistics

Economic History Research Project.


  • Union statistics for fifty years : jubilee issue, 1910-1960    G 68 A.STAT.1910/60
  • Handbook of agricultural statistics, 1904-1950    G 68 A.AGRI.61.HAND
  • Statistical year-book of the Union of South Africa, no. 2 (1913/14)-no. 4 (1915/16)     G 68 A.STAT
  • Official yearbook of the Union of South Africa and of Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland, no. 1 (1917)-no. 30 (1960)    G 68 A.STAT
  • Monthly bulletin of statistics, 1922-March 1961    G 68 A.STAT.BULL

Industrial census

The industrial census was taken annually from 1915/1916 to 1961/62. Reports were published for all years except 1930/31 to 1931/32 and 1938/39-1940/41. G 68 A.INDU

Use the Department of Statistics bibliography (GR 316.8021SOUT), for lists of reports published for each census.


Other subjects

Subject specific reports, usually annual, were published on, e.g.,

  • Motor Vehicles
  • Road Vehicle Accidents
  • Mortgage Bonds
  • Education
  • Crime
  • Local Authorities
  • Migration
  • Births and Deaths
  • Labour
  • Accounts of Companies
  • Retail and Wholesale Prices
  • Surveys of Family Expenditure
  • Transfers of Rural Immovable Property, etc.


  • Census Office, 1910-1917
  • Office of Census and Statistics, 1917-1951
  • Bureau of Census of Statistics, 1951-1963


Bibliography of South African government publications. Volume 1, Department of Statistics, 1910-1968   GR 316.8021 SOUT      


Other censuses

Occasional censuses were taken for the distribution and service establishments, the wholesale and retail distributive trade, fisheries, and other business and personal services.

Use the Department of Statistics bibliography (GR 316.8021SOUT),  for lists of reports published for each census.


Population census

Population Censuses were taken in the following years:

  • 1911                                 
  • 1918
  • 1921
  • 1926
  • 1931
  • 1936
  • 1941
  • 1946
  • 1951
  • 1960

Use the Department of Statistics bibliography (GR 316.8021 SOUT), p. 57-63, for lists of reports published for each census.

Agricultural census

The agricultural census was taken every year except 1931 to 1933 and 1940 to 1945. G 68 A.AGRI

Use the Department of Statistics bibliography (GR 316.8021SOUT), for lists of reports published for each census.

Foreign trade statistics