Sydney Diocesan Archives, Anglican Diocese of Sydney Sydney Diocesan Archives, Anglican Diocese of Sydney

Due to COVID-19, Sydney Diocesan Archives is operating at a reduced capacity. We request your patience as we respond to enquiries.

We are unable to invite researchers into the Archives at this stage. We will update you when this changes.

Collection Policy

The Diocesan Archives collects only those records created by the offices and officers of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.

The Diocesan Archives collects only those records created by the offices and officers of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.

Each of the other Anglican dioceses within Australia creates and cares for its own records and archives from the date of the creation of the diocese. There is no central Anglican archives or records centre in Australia. For contact details of other Anglican dioceses in Australia visit the Anglican Church of Australia.

The collection is composed of administrative records created by the offices and officers of the Diocese of Sydney, since the creation of the Diocese of Australia in 1836. However, there are some records in the collection which date from the late 1700s.

The Diocesan Archives has been collecting parish and church records since circa 1977, and now holds records created by approximately 360 churches, with this number increasing yearly.

The Sydney Diocesan Archives also collects personal papers created by senior diocesan clergy as an adjunct to their diocesan roles.

Non-diocesan Anglican organisations within the Diocese of Sydney, such as schools, theological colleges, and mission agencies, employ their own archivists to care for and administer their archival records.