Christian Brothers, Oceania Province - Kelty Archives, Melbourne

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Authorized form of name

Christian Brothers, Oceania Province - Kelty Archives, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Christian Brothers - Kelty Archives, Melbourne (until 2007)


  • Religious
  • Educational

Contact area


Archivist: Br Shane Wood cfc



Street address

126 The Avenue, Parkville Postal address: PO Box 851, Parkville, Victoria, 3052





Country name

Postal code



03 8359 0126





Description area


The Christian Brothers began work on the future governance of their schools in the late 1990s, culminating in the decision to establish Edmund Rice Education Australia in 2007, at the same time as the Brothers established the Oceania Province. In subsequent years Edmund Rice Education Australia was constituted as an independent body in both civil law and church law and it now has full responsibility for over 50 schools and learning centres across Australia.

In August 2016 it was announced that the Christian Brothers' Province Archive and Records Centres would be integrated. The then Province Archive and Records Repositories located in:

  • Brisbane - Christian Brothers - St Francis Xavier Province, Brisbane
  • Perth - Christian Brothers - Holy Spirit Province, Perth
  • Sydney - Christian Brothers, Oceania Support Centre – NSW and ACT, Sydney
    were, by the end of 2019, to be located with the existing Melbourne (Kelty) Archives in one place at Kelty House, the Treacy Centre, Parkville, Melbourne.
    The existing Kelty Archives at Treacy were to be modified to increase its storage capacity. This has now been completed, and all holdings related to the Christian Brothers Oceania Province are now located in Melbourne.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

Archives collecting policies:

  • Internal documents related to the operations of all former Provinces and Regions of the Christian Brothers in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
  • Some student records, school registers, documents and photographs associated with the former schools of the Brothers that were vacated or closed.



The archives holds records of the Marist Brothers’ Provinces of Star of the Sea, Australia and the predecessor Melbourne and Sydney Provinces and also records of the Brothers’ work in Oceania.

Records include administrative records, for example: minutes of meetings, contracts and deeds, correspondence of the Province leadership team, reports, newsletters and photographs, historical research into the story of the Brothers and their foundations, plus personal records of Brothers living and deceased. Records are also kept of former Brothers of the time they were in the Order.

The extensive photographic record covers aspects of the life of the Provinces mentioned above. There is a small collection of memorabilia associated with individuals and schools.

The records located in the Province Archive and Records Repositories located in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth have been added to the existing Melbourne based Kelty Archives holdings. Records that had been held in Perth included, for example:

  • Admission Registers for former child care institutions (Bindoon, Castledare, Clontarf, Tardun).
  • Community Annals, photographs, plans and publications
  • Records of Province administration.
  • Administration of PHIND (Personal History Index for former child migrants to Catholic Homes in Australia from UK and Malta).

Records that had been held in Brisbane included, for example:

  • School records, 1967- (20m), annuals (10m) and Educational records (books), 1890-1995 (6m)
  • Our studies (books), 1926-1995 (6m)
  • Correspondence, 1965-1993 (10m)
  • Plans and photographs (10m) and financial records, 1965-1993 (25m).
  • Xavier Teachers' College: Records, 1967- , News cuttings and House annals.
    Quantity now held in Melbourne: 550m.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open by appointment only.

Access conditions and requirements


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Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 20 May 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

126 The Avenue, Parkville
Postal address: PO Box 851, Parkville, Victoria, 3052
Melbourne, Victoria 3052