Documents relating to:

  • The administration of the Archdiocese since its inception 
  • Parishes (general information only) 
  • Lay Associations (general information only) 
  • Religious Orders (general information only) 
  • Microfiche records of various church registers; Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths for the period 1839 – c.1939, with many gaps across all registers
  • Catholic newspapers, including The Southern Cross (1889 - current) and The Witness (1957 – current)
  • A large photographic collection of persons, places and events
  • The Mount Barker census, 1850s.
  • The Morrison Index
  • Year Books and Directories of Australian clergy

Accessing the Archives

Use of  the Archives is by appointment only

Opening hours: 9.30am - 4.30pm

To make an appointment and/or to enquire about available services and resources email Archives and Records Services at or alternatively telephone 8210 8115.  The archive usually requires at least a week's notice to arrange appointments.


Conditions of Use

Bona fide students and other researchers may be given access to the archives under the following conditions: 

a) That they apply in writing to the Archivist for permission to view the documents they require, using the form “Application for Access to the Archives”, (please refer to our Policies and Forms webpage). They must state clearly the nature and purpose of their research and must abide by the decision given.  

b) That they abide by the rules relating to conduct in the search room, as stated in the document “Rules for the Use of the Adelaide Archdiocesan Archives,” (please refer to our Policies and Forms webpage) and co-operate with the archivist at all times 


Family History Research Policy

The archive has a responsibility to prioritise management of the records of the Archdiocese in accordance with archival best practice and in ways that directly support the work of the Archbishop. 

 Our policy therefore is to, in the first instance, direct family historians to where resources are available for public use.

Family historians are not required to complete the form 'Application for Access to the Archives'.  Email Archives and Records Services at to enquire about relevant holdings and/or make an appointment.