The Baptist Church Archives, Queensland is the main repository for records of the Baptist denomination in Queensland. The archives consist mainly of records of the Baptist Union of Queensland (minutes, year books, publications, newsletters, photographs) although there are records of a number of (mainly defunct) churches. Most local church records are, according to Baptist administrative policy, in the hands of the churches of themselves.
The Archives, located at Queensland Baptists’ Centre, are staffed on a voluntary basis and access is by appointment only.
For further information contact Rev Dr David Parker:
- P: 07 3354 5642
- M: 0488 532 290
- E: email@example.com
Baptist Heritage Queensland (The Baptist Historical Society of Queensland) was established in 1984 to promote interest in the Baptist heritage of Queensland. Since that time it has conducted public meetings and seminars each year featuring families, people, organisations, buildings and movements which have contributed to Baptist work in this state.
The Society aims to encourage churches and their members to preserve their heritage through the care of records and memorabilia at local church and at denominational levels. Several guide sheets offering help on the process of archival work, church record management and publication are available for free distribution. Personal advice and help through seminars and consultation with churches and other organisations are also part of the function of the Society. The Society also assists with the activities of the Baptist Church Archives, Queensland.
The Society also produces a newsletter, the Queensland Baptist Forum, which carries articles, news reports and notices about developments in Queensland and elsewhere.
One of the major achievements of the Society is its publication programme. More than twenty titles are now available covering a diverse range of topics. The most popular, Baptists in Queensland, has been widely used as a study guide for churches and home groups. Other recent titles cover the development of Baptists in Queensland and in Central Queensland over 150 years, while there is also a special volume devoted to the service of women (see below). The Archives has a growing digital section and some of our publications are also available in ePub format (enquire for more details).
Guide Sheets and Resources
The archives provide a FREE handy comprehensive list of resources for you or your church. They are full of information on Managine Church Records, Archive Processes and Family History.
Membership in the Society provides financial and personal support for the work of the Society and the Baptist Church Archives. It is available at modest personal, family and organisational rates. Members receive three issues of the Queensland Baptist Forum per annum as part of their subscription.
Enquiries about membership from individuals ($10 per year), families ($15) and churches ($20) welcomed!
Applications for membership: BHQ, c/- PO BOX 6166, Mitchelton, QLD, 4053 Australia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Society meetings for planning and sharing of information are held regularly and members are invited to attend these. Phone 07 3354 5642 for latest details.
Acquisition and publication of documents relating to Queensland Baptist history; recording of Baptist cemetery monumental inscriptions/burial records; microfilming of early church records; researching and publishing of significant historical stories; preparation of new histories of Baptists in Queensland and various regional areas, a biographical database and listing of local church holdings.
Publications – History of Baptists in Queensland
BHQ Publications, BHSQ Publications, c/- 98 Yallambee Rd, Jindalee, 4074 Q., Australia
Cheques to ‘Baptist Historical Society of Queensland’
Baptist Heritage Queensland has published many other books on people, churches and activities. Enquire for full publications list.