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About the Sydney Diocesan Archivist

Dr Louise Trott has been the Sydney Diocesan Archivist for the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney since November 1996, when she was appointed as the first full-time Sydney Diocesan Archivist.
Prior to that appointment, she was part-time Assistant Archivist in the Sydney Diocesan Archives from May 1990.

Louise is also the National Convenor of the Australian Anglican Archives Network, a body hosted by the General Synod of Australia [see Archives Links page].

Australian Society of Archivists
Louise is a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA).
As a professional archivist, she is an active participant in the activities of the ASA at national Council level, NSW Branch level and with the Religious Collections Special Interest Group (RCSIG):

• October 2013-present: Managing Editor of the ASA
• 2010-present: Councillor of the ASA
• October 2011-October 2013: Secretary/Treasurer of the ASA
• April-October 2011: Vice President of the ASA

• 2012-present: Committee member of the NSW Branch of the ASA.
• 2011-2012 Secretary of the NSW Branch of the ASA.
• 2007-2011 Convenor of the NSW Branch of the ASA.

• 2004-2011 National Convenor of the Religious Collections Special Interest Group (SIG) of the ASA
• 2009 participant in the ASA Mentor Scheme as mentor to a new archivist working in the archives of a charitable institution.

Sancta Sophia College Honorary Archivist
Louise is also the Honorary Archivist of Sancta Sophia College at the University of Sydney.

University of NSW - Graduate Diploma of Archives Administration
Louise studied Archives Administration at the University of New South Wales during 1986, under the direction of Dr Peter Orlovich, Ms Ann Pedersen and Dr Sigrid McCausland. She graduated from the UNSW in 1987 with the Graduate Diploma in Information Management - Archives Administration.

Australian Museum Archives
During 1986 Louise undertook fieldwork practicum at the Australian Museum in conjunction with Michael Organ and Marguerite Buddin. This took the form of a survey, and the arrangement and description of the previously undocumented collection of archival records from 1820s onwards, which were housed in a storeroom within the Australian Museum Library. The finding aid produced at the end of this project became the first published guide to the Archives of the Australian Museum (Buddin, M., M. Organ and L. Trott, A Guide to the Australian Museum Archives, Australian Museum, Sydney, 1988; 3rd edition 1989).
NSW Department of Corrective Services archives
Louise was also one of a number of students employed one day per week in the second semester of 1986 by the NSW Department of Corrective Services, to arrange and describe the records created by NSW prisons (which were housed temporarily in the Woolsheds at Shea’s Creek, Alexandria) preparatory to deposit into the State Records NSW collection.
To see a website about the UNSW Archives Administration class of 1986, click here: Class of 1986 Archives Administration UNSW

Consultant archivist
Prior to commencing work at the Sydney Diocesan Archives, Louise worked as an contract & consultant archivist for:
• NSW Department of Corrective Services (which included a tour of NSW country prisons to collect prison records for State Records NSW)
• The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Kensington (to set up the Provincial Archives, in conjunction with Ruth O’Hea)
• Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney (to set up the College Archives)

Other Degrees
Louise also holds two other degrees, both from the University of Sydney
• Bachelor of Arts (Honours), conferred 1984: specializing in Early English Language and Literature - Old Norse, Old English and Middle English (Department of English).
• Doctor of Philosophy, conferred 1997: thesis topic - ‘The Representation of Women as Witches in Old Icelandic Family Sagas’ (Department of English).

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