Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Sydney Diocesan Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Sydney Diocesan Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney, Sydney Diocesan Archives
  • Sydney Diocesan Archives


  • Religious

Contact area


Sydney Diocesan Archivist



Street address

St James' Hall, 169 Philip Street, St James, Sydney Postal Address: PO Box Q190, Queen Victoria Building Post Office, Sydney, NSW, 1230




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9265 1620




Description area


The Sydney Diocesan Archives is a private, ‘in-house’, business, and academic research archive. The Sydney Diocesan Archives provides information storage and retrieval services to the staff of the Archbishop’s Office, the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat, Anglican parishes and churches, and Anglican organisations, within the Diocese of Sydney.

The Sydney Diocesan Archives collection is a rich and, in many cases, unique source of information about the early history of the Anglican Church in Australia, the history of the Colony of New South Wales, and the history of the city of Sydney, both in terms of institutions and people. This collection is also a valuable resource for research into the role of the Anglican Church within the life and culture of the people of Sydney.

The provision of access to researchers and historians, who undertake research leading to publication, is deemed to be an important means of making a contribution to the academic, social, cultural and historical development of Sydney and Australia. The fostering of scholarship is an important part of the mission of the Sydney Diocesan Archives.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Sydney Diocesan Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

The Sydney Diocesan Archives collects administrative and financial records created by administrative entities and agencies of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney; parish records created by churches and parishes within the Diocese of Sydney; personal papers created by senior clergy.

For the Archives' Collection Policy, see:



The Sydney Diocesan Archives collects those records created by the offices and officers of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney in pursuit of their day-to-day business since circa 1811.

We have limited holdings of records created during the Archdeaconry and Chaplaincies.

The creation of the Diocese of Australia in 1836 (and thus a Diocesan Registry) led to an increase in records creation.

The collection includes the records created by parishes and churches; the records created by diocesan administrative and corporate divisions and departments; and the records created by some diocesan agencies.

The Sydney Diocesan Archives also holds a small collection of personal papers created by former Archbishops and Bishops.

For further details, see the website.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Access to the Sydney Diocesan Archives for research is strictly by application and appointment. We have limited time available to accommodate visiting researchers, so you should contact the Archives well in advance.

Access conditions and requirements

Academic, consultant, and parish researchers are admitted upon written application for access.

Written recommendation may be required.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 31 July 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Communication (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Language (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Out of Home Care (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

St James' Hall, 169 Philip Street, St James, Sydney
Postal Address: PO Box Q190, Queen Victoria Building Post Office, Sydney, NSW, 1230
Sydney, New South Wales 2000