Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, South Australian Provincial Archives, Kensington, Adelaide

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, South Australian Provincial Archives, Kensington, Adelaide

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • SOSJ, SA Provincial Archives, Kensington, Adelaide


  • Religious

Contact area


Regional Archivist



Street address

4 High Street, Kensington




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8130 5925


08 8130 5933


Description area


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods.
In 1888, when Rome formally approved the Congregation, the Mother House officially moved to Sydney. Josephite houses in South Australia formed the Adelaide and Port Augusta Provinces. In 1893 they amalgamated to become the South Australian Province.
In 2013, the South Australian sisters joined with the sisters in Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Timor-Leste, to form the ‘CentreWest Region’ of the Congregation.
For further history of the Sisters of St Joseph in South Australia, see

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

The Archives is a provincial archives as it covers South Australia, parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Timor-Leste (the ‘CentreWest Region’ of the Congregation).

Records management and collecting policies

The Archives collect records for permanent retention that document the policies, decisions, activities, communications, and administration of the Congregation in South Australia.


The archives are physically located on the same site as the Mary MacKillop Museum.


The Archives holds records dating back to its foundation in the mid 1800s. The collection comprise records of Congregational governance and administration, ministries and other activities, as well as information which helps to preserve the history, spirit and charism of the Sisters of St Joseph.

The holdings comprise a wide range of formats including manuscripts and personal papers, photographs, artworks, sound recordings, films, videos, artefacts and ephemera.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

All access is by prior approval and appointment only

Access conditions and requirements

We are a private archives and while we receive and deal with a large number of email and/or phone requests, all personal visits to the archives are by appointment only.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 08 Dec 2021




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

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

Primary contact

4 High Street, Kensington
Adelaide, South Australia 5068