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Welcome to the website of the Sydney Diocesan Archives, Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney

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This website provides the reader with a starting point from which to understand the work of Sydney Diocesan Archives, the collection, the services available, and the wider diocesan context within which the Sydney Diocesan Archives operates. Readers are encouraged to explore the website, and then contact the Sydney Diocesan Archivist for more details if necessary.

This website does NOT have an online searchable catalogue and there are no digitized copies of records available. Please contact the Diocesan Archivist for specific enquiries.

Information on the website includes:
Collection Overview: what the Diocesan Archives does and does not collect
Collection Policy and Principal Holdings of the Sydney Diocesan Archives
Downloadable documentation

The Archivist’s Mission

Archivists ensure that records which have value as authentic evidence of administrative, corporate, cultural and intellectual activity are made, kept and used. The work of archivists is vital for ensuring organisational efficiency and accountability and for supporting understandings of Australian life through the management and retention of its personal, corporate and social memory.
[Australian Society of Archivists:]


Joint ASA and RIM Professionals Australasia Statement of support for those experiencing flood & fire

Posted on 17 January 2011

Do you need advice about how to deal with records damaged by flood, mould, fire, and smoke?
The Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA) and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia) have released a Joint Statement of support for all who are affected by the recent floods on the East Coast of Australia and near Carnarvon in Western Australia, and by the fires in Western Australia.
This statement provides advice and references to resources from all major archival, library and conservation institutions in Australia which will assist with salvage of records. The advice also includes information about how to prepare your records in advance of disasters.
The statement is available at

Beyond the tragic and devastating losses of lives, property, and livelihoods lies the lengthy process of re-construction and re-establishment of businesses and day-to-day life. The recent disasters reinforce the importance of including vital business and personal records, and memorabilia, in all preparations for disasters and potential evacuations. In the aftermath of any disaster, time is critical. Swift action and care is required when salvaging damaged records.

Category: Disaster Planning & Salvage

2007 Church Administration Conference

Posted on 27 March 2007

On Saturday 16 June 2007, the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat (SDS) held an inaugural Church Administration Conference to help newly elected churchwardens and parish councillors to understand:
• What does it mean? 
• What do you do now? 
• What is your part in these important ministry roles?
The Conference was be a great opportunity for newly elected church officers (and those who are already in these positions) to gain a greater understanding of their roles in the life of church and parish. The SDS also encouraged rectors and other interested ministry staff, and anyone else in churches and parishes who may be considering becoming a churchwarden or parish councillor in the future, to attend this conference.
The conference sessions covered the following subjects:
• Roles & responsibilities of churchwardens & parish councillors
• Parish accounting and financial controls
• Ministry staff remuneration
• Risk Management Program Module 2

Throughout the day there were be information booths presenting and showcasing various other services to parishes. The Sydney Diocesan Archives was be represented at this Conference in this way. Those attending were be able to ask the Sydney Diocesan Archivist about records management and archives administration in the parish office, deposit of parish records into the Sydney Diocesan Archives, and about the work of the Sydney Diocesan Archives.

Category: Church administration of records

QLD Branch of ASA visits the Brisbane Anglican Diocesan Archives

Posted on 27 March 2007

The Queensland Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists held its bi-monthly meeting (on 21st March 2007) at the Brisbane Anglican Diocesan Archives.
Ms Desley Soden is the Brisbane Diocesan Archivist. Prior to the business meeting, Ms Soden gave members a guided tour of the Records and Archives Centre of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. The Records and Archives Centre was established in 1979 as the official repository of the records of the Anglican Church within the Diocese of Brisbane.
The Colony of Queensland was created in 1859, and the the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane was created in the same year. It was formed out of the northern division of the Diocese of Newcastle. The first Bishop was Edward Wyndham Tufnell (1814-1896).

Category: Archival Profession

NSW Branch of ASA visits the NSW Masonic Archives

Posted on 27 March 2007

The NSW Branch of the Australian Society of Archivists held its monthly meeting (on 21st March 2007) at the NSW Masonic Archives, situated at the Sydney Masonic Centre.
Mr Brian French is the Grand Archivist for the NSW Masonic Archives. Prior to the business meeting, Mr French gave members a guided tour of the NSW Masonic Archives and collection, and welcomed the advice and recommendations of ASA members in solving some problems he encounters with the management of the collection.
In past years, some members of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney were also Freemasons, so this collection may well be of interest to historians of the Anglican Church in Sydney.

Category: Archival Profession

The Reverend Dr Peter Bolt, biographer of Thomas Moore

Posted on 12 March 2007

As of February 2007, The Reverend Dr Peter G. Bolt has resumed his research in the Sydney Diocesan Archives, in preparation for a biography of Thomas Moore.
Dr Bolt is the Head of New Testament and Greek at Moore Theological College in Sydney. Click here to learn more about Dr Bolt’s work: Peter G. Bolt, Moore Theological College

Thomas Moore was a shipbuilder who lived in the Liverpool area and was connected with the parish of St Luke’s Liverpool. Thomas Moore died in December 1840 and he bequeathed a considerable section of his estate to the Diocese of Sydney to provide for the founding of a college to train young Protestant men. From these funds Moore Theological College was founded in Liverpool in 1856. Moore Theological College, now situated in Newtown, celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2006.

Dr Bolt commenced his research at the Sydney Diocesan Archives in July 2006, and he has been working with the papers of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Thomas Moore.
Whilst Archbishop Donald Robinson has worked with these papers previously, it is possible that Dr Bolt is the first researcher to use these records since they were sent to the Sydney Diocesan Archives in the late 1970s.
Throughout 2006, Dr Bolt gave a number of lectures and published a number of papers based on his research findings connected with Thomas Moore.
Read an account written by Dr Bolt of the early beginnings of Moore College and the use of Moore’s bequest at the following link: Moore College Celebrates 150 Years
Read some more articles on a range of topics published by Dr Bolt at the following link: Articles by Peter Bolt 2005-2006

Category: Visiting Researchers

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