At a public meeting held on August 21st, 1938 a motion was adopted calling for the establishment of the Australian Jewish Historical Society. The Society held its first general meeting on November 7, 1938, when a constitution (“Rules of the Society”) was adopted and foundation committee elected. In Clause 6 of these Rules, the Committee was empowered to appoint one or more of its members as “Editor of its Journal”. Thus the Journal was established on the birth of the Society, with Vol I Part 1 and Vol I Part 2 issued in 1939.
The Journal, initially known as the Australian Jewish Historical Society, Journal and Proceedings, was later renamed the Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal (AJHSJ). This Journal is the archival journal for articles on Australian Jewish History.
The AJHS (Vic) was established in Melbourne in 1949 and for some years functioned as a branch of the Sydney-based society, before its incorporation as the Australian Jewish Historical Society Victoria Inc [Vic].
Since 1988 the production of the journal has been shared between New South Wales (June edition) and Victoria (November edition).
From time to time, Special Publications are produced in the same format as the Journal, but with a distinctive cover.