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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia


Jewish congregations and other communal institutions

Image 3: Jewish boys singing at the Synagogue, Melbourne 1969.

Image 3: Jewish boys singing at the Synagogue, Melbourne 1969.
NAA: A1200, L83908
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Among the many records of Jewish interest held by the National Archives, a small number have been identified relating to various synagogues, Boards of Deputies or other communal facilities and organisations. Several files have been located, for instance, which provide valuable early statistical detail on the Jewish community in Western Australia (as well as specific information on the Perth Hebrew Congregation). These include:

INTELLIGENCE REPORTS OF INTERNMENTS, REPATRIATIONS, AFFILIATIONS AND GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1915–20
Perth
Series: PP14/1
Quantity: 6.48 metres
Recorded by: 1915–1919: Headquarters 5th Military District (I), CMF (CA 4811); 1919–1920: Investigation Branch, WA (CA 908)
Perth Hebrew Congregation, c1915–20 PP14/1, 1/12/78
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, METHODS AND PRINCIPLES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1899–1956
Perth
Files in this series show methods and principles to be used in continuing statistical activity in WA.
Series: PP95/1
Quantity: 13.14 metres
Recorded by: 1899–1956: Colonial Secretary's Office (CA 1256)
Statistical return relating to the Hebrew Churches and Sunday Schools in the colony, c1899 PP95/1, 1899/321
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, METHODS AND PRINCIPLES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1898–1960
Perth
Series: PP131/1
Quantity: 12.6 metres
Recorded by: 1898–1957: Colonial Secretary's Office (from 1926), Chief Secretary's Office (CA 1256)
1898 – Statistics from Hebrew Congregation, Western Australia, 1898 PP131/1, 1898/114
'Hebrew Standard' with article on Western Australia, 1905 PP131/1, 1905/187
Population of the state and Hebrew population in the state at each census, 1905 PP131/1, 1905/74
APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF BOOKS, PAPERS AND PERIODICALS FOR TRANSMISSION BY POST AND ASSOCIATED CORRESPONDENCE, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1965–67
Perth
Series: PP263/1
Quantity: 1.8 metres
Recorded by: 1965–1967: Post-Master General's Department, GPO, Perth (CA 1035)
Registration of newspapers, periodicals and books – Perth Hebrew Congregation Inc., 1964–70 PP263/1, 228/4/1527
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, CLASS 1 (GENERAL, PASSPORTS), 1939–50
Canberra
Series: A659
Quantity: 101.25 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1945: Department of the Interior (II), Central Office (CA 31)
The Great Synagogue – Information re Jewish Cemetery, 1942 A659, 1943/1/7303
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'V' (VICTORIA PREFIX, 1924–62
Melbourne
Series: B741
Quantity: 29.88 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1946: Investigation Branch, Victoria (CA 907)
Diamond, Joseph – Ruschin, Jacob – Bear, Nathan – Rischin, Jacob – Dabscheck, Jacob – Solomon, Moms – Krakowski, Louie – Trustees of Carlton Hebrew Congregation, 1918–28 B741, V/485
Isaac Hurwitz. Application for permission for relatives to enter Australia. Jewish National Library 'Kadimah' [27 pages], 1924–38 B741, B/675
Palmerston Street Synagogue – application for admission of a rabbi, 1932 B741, V/10212
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'D' (UNEMPLOYMENT AND SICKNESS BENEFIT) PREFIX, 1946–74
Canberra
The series consists of personal benefit and administration files.
Series: A887
Quantity: 15.21 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1972: Department of Social Services, Central Office (CA 32)
Melbourne Jewish Friendly Society – East Malvern Victoria, 1946 A887, D407
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1927–42
Canberra
Series: A981
Quantity: 163.27 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1942: Department of External Affairs (II) (CA 18)
External Affairs Department. Jewish Organisations in Various Parts of the World, 1942 A981, ORG 82
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SC SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL SERIES (OLD FILES), 1926
Canbera
Series: A3934
Quantity: 1.62 metres
Recorded by: 1926–1926: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Jewish National Fund, 1917–18 A3934, SC17 4
SUBJECT FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1949–
Canberra
Series: A6122
Quantity: 34.74 metres
Recorded by: 1949–: Australian Security Intelligence Organization (CA 1297)
Jewish Board of Deputies, 1944–51 A6122, 185
R G CASEY, MINISTERIAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1956–60
Canberra
Series: A10302
Quantity: 9.1 metres
Recorded by: 1956–1960: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18)
World Jewish Congress, 1959 A10302, 1959/146
PROPERTY HIRING FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH ALPHABETICAL PREFIX, 1946–52
Melbourne
The series consists of property hiring files, inherited from the Army History Service (in 1946).
Series: B985
Quantity: 18.94 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1949: Hirings Section, Central Office, Department of the Interior (II) (CA 2777)
Hunters Hill. Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home Serial 2038 [contains plan of property and Annual Report and Financial statement of 1942], 1942–47 B985, N/5/64
ARCHITECTURAL PLANS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'HA' (HOMES ACT) PREFIX, 1954–
Brisbane
The series consists of plans associated with the construction of homes for the aged.
Series: J1079
Quantity: 4.08 metres
Recorded by: 1972–1984: Department of Social Security, State Headquarters, QLD (CA 2394)
Jewish Community Centre, 1975 J1079, HA184/1
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SUBSIDISED PENSION HOMES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH ALPHABETICAL PREFIX, 1955–75
Perth
These records contain statistical information, reports on investigations about subsidies paid by the Government to homes for the aged.
Series: PP572/1
Quantity: 3.43 metres
Recorded by: 1955–1972: Director of Social Services, WA (CA 848); 1972–1975: Department of Social Security Headquarters, WA (CA 2386)
Perth Jewish Aged Homes Society Inc. [Maurice Zeffert Memorial Home] – Stage 2 (subsidised aged pension homes), 1955–75 PP572/1, WA26 Part 1
Perth Jewish Aged Homes Society Inc. [Maurice Zeffert Memorial Home] – Stage 2 (subsidised aged pension homes), 1955–75 PP572/1, WA26 Part 2

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Aspects of Jewish Life in Australia