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Community History

Demographics

The Australian Jewish Historical Society maintains a collection of works that detail important statistical research and information about the historical and contemporary Jewish population in Australia, and provides evidence of demographical changes and trends in the Jewish community that is crucial to the study of the Jewish experience in Australia.

Users can enter a query in the search field below to access works including those published by the JCA and Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in 2014 that present the key findings of 2011 Australian National Census.

Please contact the Society if you wish to access any further works presenting the demographics of Australian Jewry.

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Australian Jewish Timeline

The Australian Jewish Historical Society maintains a dynamic timeline of Jews and the Jewish experience in Australia since the start of European Colonisation in 1788 until contemporary times, highlighting major events and figures in the participation of the Jewish people in Australia history, and the development of its community.

Users will be able to explore Jewish History in Australia on the timeline, extracting important dates by subject area, including: Politics, Military, Synagogues, Events, etc. Alternatively, users will also be able to explore via eras.

Births, Deaths & Marriages

In the course of Jewish life in Australia there have been numerous births, marriages and deaths, that all provide an incredible insight into the experiences of and connections between Jewish people. Thanks to the painstaking work of Australian Jewish Historical Society contributor, Terry Newman, the Society possesses an incredible database listing birth, death and marriage announcements from publications from across Australia and New Zealand in the period between 1832 and 1949.

Users can access the content of this list and search it by applying a surname, the type of event, the date and/or year of the event, or the publication detailing the announcement. Simply click on the link below.

Users are also welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.

BD & M Newspapers Announcements 1932 – 1949

Prefix Source
ADA Adelaide Advertiser
ADO Adelaide Observer
AGE The Age (Melb)
AIS Australian Israelite
AJC Aust. Jewish Chronicle
ARG The Argus (Melb)
BBR Bridge St. Synagogue Birth Register
BCB Botany Cemetery Burials
BMR Bridge St. Synagogue Marriage Register
BOH Bombala Herald
BOT Bombala Times
BRO Braidwood Observer
BUL The Bulletin
DTE Daily Telegraph
FRC The Freemasons’ Chronicle
GEP Goulburn Evening Post
GOH Goulburn Herald
HES Hebrew Standard
JEC Jewish Chronicle
JEH Jewish Herald
JHM Jewish Herald [Melb] LOT London Times
MMY Maitland Mercury
MWM Maitland Weekly Mercury
NZH New Zealand Herald
NZS New Zealand Spectator and Cooks Strait Guardian
PIO Pion
ROA Robertson Advocate
SAA Sth Australian Advertiser
SHD Sydney Herald
SMH Sydney Morning Herald
TCJ Town & Country Journal
WEL The Wellington Independent

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Marriages NSW 1832 – 2016

In the course of Jewish life in Australia there have been thousands of marriages in the community, each one providing invaluable information for genealogical studies. Thanks to the thorough and arduous work of Australian Jewish Historical Society contributors, Joe Kensell and Terry Newman, the Society possesses lists of wedding announcements in the New South Wales Jewish community from 1832 until the present day.

Users can search the content of these lists and by entering the Groom or Bride’s surnames, the specific date and/or year of the wedding, the celebrant and/or congregation’s name, or the publication detailing the wedding announcement. Simply click on the link below.

Users are also welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.

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Cemeteries

Historically, Jewish communities have not been limited to Australia’s major cities. Jewish people have travelled and settled throughout many disparate and far-flung parts of this vast country. Consequently, there are many Jewish cemeteries either extremely remote or lost to time found all over Australia whose records have been preserved by the Australian Jewish Historical Society.

Users can access the Society’s archive of cemetery records by making a request through this website.

Users are also welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.

Military

Jewish Servicemen

Since participating in the Boer War at the time of Australian Federation and through subsequent military involvements more than 7,000 Jews have served in the Australian Defence Forces. Yet, over time information of their military service may have been lost or mis-remembered.

However, In addition to a significant collection of military memorabilia and medals the Australian Jewish Historical Society in conjunction with the NSW Association of Jewish Service & Ex-Service Men & Women (NAJEX) provides accurate information via its database of Jewish servicemen. This database details names, birthdates, identification numbers, service medals and links directly to their entry in the National Archive of Australia.

Users can simply type service person’s name into the search field below to explore the Society’s database exclusively of Jews who have served in the Australian armed services.

Users are also welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.

Communal Archives

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

The Australian Jewish Historical Society is responsible for the collection and preservation of records from numerous community organisations, institutions and entities, which cover documents ranging from meeting minutes to research projects.

Users can access database listing the contents of the communal archive and search it by topic of study and/or a start and end date. Simply click on the link below.

Users are also welcome to contribute to the accuracy and utility of the Society’s archives and databases by providing corrections and/or additional information.

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B’nai B’rith

Since the institution of its first lodge in 1944, B’nai Brith has played a vital role in the Australian Jewish community, advocating, promoting and raising funds for causes, facilitating social and cultural participation, providing for the needy, and addressing discrimination and defamation. From this history, the organisation has amassed an extensive archive of materials and documents,. This trove is currently held by the Australian Jewish Historical Society, and is available to view for research purposes.

Users can access an inventory of the B’nai Brith’s archive and search it by title, provenance, or era. Simply click on the link below.

Please contact the Society if you wish to access the B’nai Brith archive or contribute any material to its collection.

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Newtown Synagogue

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Strathfield Synagogue

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Newsletters

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Aust Jewish Genealogical Society

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Kosher Koala

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Media

Newspapers – AJN

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J-Wire

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Percy Marks Text

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Yiddishe Newspapers

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