Diocesan Archives

Diocesan Archives

The Diocese of Perth has a Diocesan Archives Committee which is charged with administering the Diocesan Archives in accordance with the Records and Archives Statue 1996. This statute states that the Committee will ‘ensure the proper acquisition, preservation, conservation and disposal’ of records.  They are also tasked with ensuring the records of the diocese are looked after and made available to Parishes and the general public, subject to access. The archives are located at Brown House Swanleigh 58 Yule Avenue Middle Swan and are processed and arranged by the Archivist. The archive provides a research facilities and assistance is provided by professional staff. Records considered to be fragile are not available for research.

Acquisition Focus

  • Administrative and financial records of the Anglican Diocese of Perth;
  • Relevant papers of Archbishops and Assistant Bishops of Perth Diocesan Trustees;
  • Anglican Province of Western Australia where these documents are held at the offices of the Diocese of Perth;
  • Agencies and allied Agencies run by or affiliated with the Diocese of Perth and Parishes of the Diocese of Perth by arrangement.

The Diocesan Archives and Parish Records

Parishes are encouraged to transfer their archival material to the Diocesan Archives particularly when the parish for whatever reason is not capable of storing them according to best practice.  Any parish that prefers to retain their archival materials may do so and the Diocesan Archivist is available to assist with any enquires. A Parish handbook for archives has been produced to help those in charge of Parish records. To attain a copy of the Parish handbook please contact the Archivist.  All transfers to diocesan archives from Parishes must be by consultation with the Archivist.

Some parish archives, including registers of baptism and marriage have been deposited with the State Library. A list of these items is available here Anglican Records at State Library

Queries to the Library can be made by telephone or through their website ‘contact us’ page.

Telephone: (08) 94273291

Website: www.slwa.wa.gov.au

Researchers

To apply to conduct research at the archives, please obtain and print the Research Application Form and the Research Room Agreement Form from the Resources section of this website.  Proof of identity is required.

Deed of Gift

If you wish to gift an article of historical significance to the archives, please access the form from the Resources section of this website.

Please mail the completed form, along with the article to:

Anglican Diocese Archives
Swanleigh
58 Yule Avenue
Middle Swan 6056

If delivering in person, please email archives@perth.anglican.org or telephone 08 9374 5627 for an appointment.

Internal Transfer

Internal Transfer is for staff, clergy and parishioners who would like to transfer official church records to the archives; this includes items such as minute books and registers.

Please note: Parishes should not donate any items to the State Library without discussing with the Archivist first, Parish records belong to the Anglican Diocese of Perth and should be retained in the archives for the Anglican community.  Items donated to the State Library can not be retrieved by the Diocese as a donation is a transfer of ownership.

Please discuss the method of physical transfer of items with the Archivist.

You can access this form in the Resources section of the website.

Contact Details and Opening Hours

Enquiries to the Archivist

Telephone: (08) 9374 5627

Email: archives@perth.anglican.org

Address: Swanleigh
58 Yule Avenue
Middle Swan 6056

The archivist is employed fulltime but access to the archives is by appointment only, please arrange at least the day before you wish to access the archives.