Researching Catholic History - Information Sheet

All Victorian Catholic Baptisms and Marriages up to and including 1853 have been microfilmed and are available at BDM and in most major Libraries. For the years after that, enquries may be made in writing to the parish church where the sacrament took place. The Parish Priest is the custodian of sacramental records.

As well as it’s own records, St Patrick’s Cathedral holds some Baptism and Marriage records for the following churches: St Augustine’s Bourke St City; St Francis Elizabeth & Lonsdale St City; Sacred Heart Rathdown St Carlton; St John The Evangelist East Melbourne. Applications for information regarding these may be made in writing to:

The Dean
St Patrick’s Cathedral
P.O. Box 146
East Melbourne VIC 3002

The Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission holds records regarding the administration of the Archdiocese. It holds general material about Melbourne parishes and about some Catholic Agencies and Institutions. It does not hold the records of individuals except for Father Linane’s Priests A to Z Series. This comprises biographical information about all priests who have served in dioceses throughout Australia and who were ordained prior to 1900.

The Religious Orders have their own archives. The Catholic Education Office also has its own archive with material from 1932.

The major Melbourne Catholic newspapers and periodicals are all available at the State Library. These include The Advocate 1868-1990; Austral Light 1892-1920; The Tribune 1900-1971 and Kairos 1990- . The MDHC summary of and index to The Advocate 1868-1990 is also at the State Library of Victoria, The Genealogical Society of Victoria and in other states. For enquiries about the MDHC holdings please write to:

The Archivist
Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission
PO Box 146
East Melbourne VIC 3002

I hope this assists you with your research.