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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia


Religious observances

On a number of occasions issues related to aspects of Jewish religious observance or Jewish communal politics have been raised and investigated by Government departments, eg inquiries into the humaneness of kosher killing of animals. A suggestion by the Attorney-General that the Executive Council of Australian Jewry be empowered to nominate Jewish marriage celebrants (in line with the new Marriage Act) caused a major contretemps between the community's lay and spiritual leaders in the 1960s.56

Records of these controversies are located in the following series:

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1929–
Canberra
Series: A432
Quantity: 1957.68 metres
Recorded by: 1929–: Attorney-General's Department (CA 5)
Marriage Act 1961 authorisation of celebrants of Jewish faith, 1960–72 A432, 1961/2363
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH ALPHABETICAL PREFIX, 1927–73
Canberra
The main correspondence series of CSIR and CSIRO, the subject matter of these files includes semi-personal information, detail on publications, and material on secondary industries.
Series: A9778
Quantity: 31.86 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1949: Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Head Office (CA 486); 1949–1958: CSIRO, Headquarters (CA 641)
Cattle. Jewish Method of killing cattle – enquiry by Rabbi Porush, 1947–56 A9778, A30/1/74
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1901–39
Melbourne
Series: MP341/1
Quantity: 107.64 metres
Recorded by: 1901–1939: Post-Master General's Department, Central Administration (CA 9)
Telegrams. Special greeting Jewish New Year, 1935–39 MP341, 1939/8667
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1915–66
Melbourne
Series: MT1131/1
Quantity: 143.82 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1960: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
Jewish Holy Days 1952, 1948–64 MT1131/1, A251/8/3
APPLICATIONS, ETC FOR REGISTRATION OF COPYRIGHTS OF LITERARY, DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS, PICTURES, ETC, 1878–1906
Canberra
The series consists of forms for registration or assignment of copyright.
Series: A476/4
Quantity: 1.8 metres
Recorded by: 1878–1904: Patents, Copyright and Trade Marks Office, SA (CA 6825); 1904–1906: Patents, Trade Marks and Designs Sub-office, Adelaide (SA) (CA 900)
A Abrahams card (Jewish Calendar) 35th year of publication 1889, 1888 AP476/4, B264
A Abrahams Calendar. Jewish Calendar. 36th year of publication, 1889 AP476/4, B301
A Abrahams Calendar Jewish Calendar, 1890 AP476/4, B327

Notes

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56 Hilary L. Rubinstein, The Jews in Australia: a Thematic History, Vol 1, p.400.


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Aspects of Jewish Life in Australia