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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia

Appendix 1: Other sources of Jewish records in Australia

As this guide indicates, a substantial number of official Government records dealing with multiple aspects of the Australian Jewish experience are located in the collections of the National Archives of Australia, in the ACT Central office and state branches. For researchers who may wish to inquire further into the history of the Jews in Australia, there are several other valuable repositories of records. A number of synagogues (notably Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne) maintain their own archives, while (more generally) extensive and wide-ranging material is held by each of the following bodies:

Australian Jewish Historical Society Inc.
Mandelbaum House
385 Abercrombie Street
Darlington NSW 2008

Phone (02) 9518 7596
Fax (02) 9518 7596 (Hon Archivist: Helen Bersten)

Australian Jewish Historical Society, Victoria Inc.
PO Box 608
Carnegie VIC 3163

Phone (03) 9563 4737
Fax (03) 9563 4767 (Hon Archivist: Beverley Davis OAM)

Archive of Australian Judaica
Fisher Library
University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Phone (02) 9351 4162
Fax (02) 9351 2890 (Archivist: Marianne Dacy)

In addition to these major archives, there are specific collections of Jewish interest in the State Libraries of NSW and Victoria. These are:

  1. 'The Percy J Marks Collection of Australian Judaica', held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Phone (02) 9230 1414. A bequest to the Library, the collection is a miscellany of family papers, books, pamphlets and periodicals, many of them difficult to obtain elsewhere. Catalogues of the collection are available. ML Ref 1 Q296.6/2A1–2.
  2. 'Australian Jewish Historical Society Papers' and 'Victorian Jewish Board of Deputies Papers', held in the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria. Phone (03) 9669 9923. The papers include boxes of documents from Temple Beth Israel, the personal papers of Rabbi Jacob Danglow, and records of various Jewish organisations. The general reference number for the collection is MS 9352A. Listings are available from La Trobe's manuscript section.