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Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria)

To merit a place in the Australian Jewish Historical Society Library’s collection, a book must have an Antipodean element. There is an emphasis on reference works and biographies, autobiographies and memoirs.

Please contact the Society if you wish to access any book held in the library or offer any books of Australian Jewish historical significance to the collection.

Victoria Catalogue Cards

The records of many organizations and institutions collected over many years by the Australian Jewish Historical Society Victoria Inc were transferred during 2004 to the custody of the Victorian State Library: Swanston Street, Melbourne

Also in 2004 the large and important genealogical holdings of the AJHS Victoria were relocated within the collection of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society, at the Lamm Library, 306 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield. (Please go to the Catalogue section under the Services menu)

In 2009 an expansion of the space available to the Lamm Library enabled the establishment of a section that houses the extensive combined library of the AJHS Vic. and the AJGS Vic. For research assistance, the AJHS/AJGS library is open on the first Sunday of each month from 2.00 – 4.30 and the third Tuesday of each month from 5.00 – 7.30.


Our archival holdings are located in the Australian Manuscripts Section of the State Library of Victoria. They consist of 107 separate collections, all sorted and indexed over many years. At this date, not all items in the archive have been fully processed by the SLV. Ultimately, all items in the archive will become available for public access, with some customary sensible restrictions. To search and use the archive, the first step is to ring staff in the Manuscripts Section of the SLV on (03) 8664 7007 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The spectrum of the archive is huge and covers congregations, organisations and individuals, as well as places, personalities and events. The records include correspondence, minute books, films, periodicals, videotapes, audiotapes, images, microfiche and microfilm and CD-ROM. Alphabetically, the provenance of the records ranges from ‘Arch Ellis’ to ‘YMHA:, and they truly cover almost the whole Victorian Jewish experience from the earliest days. The sheer size and complexity of this archive means, however, that the manuscript librarians at the SLV will need time to completely ‘digest’ the material so that it can be more easily accessed by students and scholars or even the simply curious. Material ordered can usually be perused three days after the request is made.

It is the policy of this Society to welcome, and indeed encourage, all forms of bona-fide scholarship related to the material within our archives. This policy will be facilitated by the helpful and insightful assistance of the manuscript librarians at SLV, and the volunteers at AJHS. Vic (and AJGS . Vic.)

General Inquiries can be directed to the Secretary


David Marlow

Research Inquiries

Liz James

Victoria Synagogue Marriages

The AJHS Vic hold over 28,000 Jewish marriage records from a number of Synagogues (click the search button below to see the list).  We are happy to provide details of any marriages held 60 years before today’s date.

Contact for details.

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