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The State Library holds a number of Church records which may be useful to family historians

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Group with Mr J. Holdsworth outside Port Augusta Presbyterian Church c. 1905 (SRG 123/348/121)

Find and connect

For anyone who grew up in care, the search for information – so vital to identity and to the process of reconnecting with family – can be frustrating, complicated, time-consuming, expensive and traumatic. The Find and Connect website can help you locate and get access to your own personal records which may be kept by Churches, government departments or organisations such as the State Library where records have been deposited.

Find & Connect Australia, brings together historical resources relating to institutional care at the national level in Australia. You can use Find & Connect Australia to find information, including documents and images, about
* policies
* public figures, and
* legislation

Find & Connect Australia is also the overarching website for the other State and Territory websites. You can use Find & Connect Australia to search across all of the national, state and territory websites. You can also access the individual State and Territory websites from the Home page. Child welfare was and remains largely under the administration of the state and territory governments, and this is why individual Find and Connect websites have been developed for all Australian jurisdictions.

You will not find personal information or private records in Find & Connect Australia. This website contains only information that is already published and/or in the public domain, or information that stakeholders have agreed to place in the public domain to help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants access records. Put simply, it is a resource to help you find where records are kept.

Wesleyan (Methodist) Church group

Victor Harbour Wesleyan Church with Congregational Church in the background, c. 1880. (B72224)

Holy Trinity Church 1849

Adelaide's first church, Holy Trinity on North Terrace, 1849. (B 7187)

Getting started

The State Library of South Australia holds significant records of churches, particularly including baptismal, marriage and burial registers. These records often include photographs and administrative records, correspondence, Sunday School records, and other material.

Some records are on microfilm, others need to be consulted in the Somerville Reading Room. Records less than 30 years old may only be copied with the permission of the church concerned.

Anglican Church records include the registers of Holy Trinity Church, the first church in South Australia. Records for Holy Trinity began in 1836 and cover the period before Civil Registration began in 1842. Many of these records are available on microfilm or microfiche.

Anglican Church records include missions and an Orphans Home.

Records for the following churches are held by the State Library and can be searched for more detail in the Library catalogue.

Some records of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation (SRG 162) are available on microfilm in the Family History area.


Baptismal registers after 1974 are restricted for 75 years; marriage registers after 1974 are restricted for 60 years; and burial registers after 1974 are restricted for 25 years.

Access to entries after 1974 is restricted to the individuals named in the records, or their authorised representative and requires written permission from the Church authority.


The Library holds many church magazines, and these sometimes contain references to births, marriages and deaths.

Check the Library catalogue for details by the name of the church.


Some English parish registers are contained in the Harleian Society collection, many relating to the London area.

Baptism of Anna Angelakis 1960


Baptism of Anna Angelakis 1960 (B70202)

Presbyterian Church

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Strathalbyn, c. 1881 (B1516)