What we do
The Diocesan Archives offers safe, secure and controlled storage for non-current parish records. This includes baptism, marriage and burial records and proof of status for legal or genealogical purposes.
We hold the parish history files and often get calls from parishioners looking for historical information for events like special anniversaries.
The Archives also acts as a records centre and maintains the central filing system for active and semi-active files of the Diocese. This includes records on:
- parish and diocesan property
- deanery minutes and correspondence
- diocesan boards and committees
- treasury files
- personnel files
Accessing the Archives
Parishes can consult Archives staff about records-keeping, storage and records retention. Tours are available by appointment. For more details, see the Guide to using your Diocesan Archives.
For members of the public who want to conduct their own research, the Archives is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don’t need an appointment on our open days, but we recommend you get in touch a day or two before you visit to make sure the materials you’re interested in are available.
We also welcome requests by mail, email and phone. We can carry out only limited research on behalf of patrons. Check the Archives fee schedule for more information.