ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0196 Canberra Baptist Church Records

Scope and content notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0196

Collection 

Canberra Baptist Church Records

Date Range

1896-2006

Quantity

1.5m (7 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0285 ACT Churches Council

 

Canberra Baptist Church, located within the Australian Capital Territory, was formally established on 17 October 1927 during the visit to Canberra of the Chairman of the Federal Home Mission Board and Vice-President of the Baptist Union of Australia, The Rev. A.J. Waldock D.D.

On that occasion Dr Waldock met with thirteen Canberra residents and secured their pledge of support to his proposal to establish a Baptist work in Canberra. Less than three weeks later on 6 November 1927 the first church service, led by Mr H.L.Walters, was held in the Presbyterian Hall, Braddon which had been made available for services to the new Baptist group and to the Congregationalists on alternate Sundays. Five months later on 21 March 1928 the foundation stone was laid for the new church building. The President General of the Baptist Union of Australia, the Rev.J.H.Goble performed the stone-laying ceremony in the presence of a large gathering of Baptists from many parts of Australia.

 On 23 February 1929, sixteen months after the formal establishment of the Church, the church building was completed and officially opened amidst great rejoicing among Baptists and wide publicity was given in the local and interstate Press. The Rev. Dr. Arthur J Waldock was installed as the first minister during the Sunday services on 24 February 1929. 

Box List

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QTY

DATE RANGE

 

MARRIAGE RECORDS kept by Rev Dr A J Waldock

5 vols

1896-1963

7

Register of Marriages celebrated at Hinton, Newcastle, Raglan, Glenoad, Rookwood, Auburn, Petersham, Leichhardt, Goulburn, Strathfield, North Sydney, Granville, Woollhara, Killara, Temora.

1 vol

1896-1909

1

Receipts for Marriage Certificates Lodged - places of registration include Mosman, Coolamon, Drummoyne, Petersham, Gloucester, Grenfell, Granville.

1 file

1917-1929

1

Register of Marriages celebrated at Canberra

4 vols

1910-1939;
1931-1937;
1937-1941;
1943-1947

1

MARRIAGE RECORDS kept by Rev Harold G Hackworthy
Certificates of Marriage
for marriages celebrated at Canberra

1 file (5 items)

1948-1952

1

MARRIAGE RECORDS kept by Rev F P McMaster
Certificates of Marriage for marriages celebrated at Canberra

1 file (25 items)

1952-1963

7

MARRIAGE RECORDS kept by Rev Charles Jackson

Register of Marriages celebrated at Wentworth Falls, Springwood, Katoomba, Greenacre, Canberra, Newcastle.

1 vol

1967-1986

1

BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES COUNTERFOILS

1 vol

1966-1971

 

1

DEDICATION CERTIFICATES COUNTERFOILS

1vol

1968-1972

 

DEACONS’ MINUTES

5 vols

1

Deacons’ Meetings 1929-1937; Church Meetings 1931-1957, includes lists of foundation members and deacons

1 vol

1929-1957

1

Deacons’ Meetings

1 vol

1937-1954;

Deacons’ Meetings

4 vols

1954-1959;
1959-1962;
1962-1966; 1966-1974

3

ANNUAL REPORTS

1 vol; 1 file;
1 file

1930-1957;
1958-1981;
1982-2006

3

VISITORS BOOKS

4 vols

1929+;
1958+;
1965+
1976

4

WEEKLY BULLETINS

2 files

1968-1980

4

CHURCH LEASE

1 file

1929

 

LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP RECORDS

4

Financial Records

1 vol

1949/50-1966/67

4

Minutes of Meetings

5 vols

1933-1943;
1943-1946;
1952-1959;
1959-1969;
1974-1985;

 

 

 

 

4

CASH BOOKS

2 vols

1929-1934;
1949-1977

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL RECORDS

 

 

5

Registers of Teachers/Students

2 vols

1929;
1940-1949

5

Minutes

3 vols

1930-1952;
1953-1965;
1966-1977

5

Annual Reports

1 vol

1931-1974

MINUTES OF CHURCH MEETINGS

5

Minute Book

2 vols

1957-1961;
1961-1968;

6

Minute Book

1 vol

 1968-198?

 

 

 

 

6

COLLATED RESEARCH DOCUMENTS
One volume concerning the opening of the church
includes research notes, original invitations, orders of service, newscuttings

One volume concerning establishment of the Church prior to 1929 includes newscuttings, copies of correspondence, original correspondence and fragments

2 vols

1929

 

 

1926-1929