Archives is the official repository of records of the
Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) and the earlier Lutheran
Synods in Australia.
Most records are available for inspection although there
is some closed or restricted material. Private records of
church departments which are less than 30 years old are
not usually available.
The Lutheran Archives recently relocated to modern premises
at 27 Fourth Street, Bowden SA 5007
The collection lacks a comprehensive catalogue and users
will usually need to consult with the archivist to locate
the relevant records.
The main interest for family history will be the parish
registers although the collection extends beyond this material.
A finding aid known as the Church Records Computer Database
Index has been prepared which allows the researcher
to quickly locate those records which may be useful. There
is an additional charge for this service.
records can be rather difficult to read, and assistance
is provided where possible. Additional translation from
German can be undertaken for a fee.
The church records available cover the following synods:
Kavel-Fritzsche Synod (1838-1846)
Langmeil-Light Pass Synod (1846-1874)
Bethany-Lobethal Synod (1846-1863)
Victoria Synod (1856-1921)
Tanunda-Light Pass Synod (1860-1874)
Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia (ELSA) (1863-1944)
Immanuel Synod (1874-1921) General Synod (1876-1921)
Immanuel Synod a.a.G. (1884-1921)
Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Queensland (ELSQ) (1885-1921)
United German & Scandinavian Lutheran Synod of Queensland
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia a.a.G (1904-1926)
United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia (UELCA)
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia (ELCA) (1944-1966)
Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) (1966-onwards)