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Lutheran Archives (1838? - )

Records Access Service and Records Holder
Alternative Names
  • National Lutheran Archives (Also known as)

The Lutheran Archives, based in Bowden, South Australia, is the official repository of historical material relating to the activities of the Lutheran Church of Australia. The Archives holds records of the present Lutheran Church as well as records of earlier Lutheran synods in Australia. These synods amalgamated to form the present day church.


Access Conditions

Most records are available for inspection. Some records have closed or restricted access.


The records held in the national Lutheran Archives span the 1800s and the first few decades in the 1900s. The records include births, baptisms and other information for Central Australian Indigenous people as well as published articles, mission reports, photographs and histories.

A Guide to Records of Indigenous Australians in the Lutheran Archives, Adelaide, SA (published in 1999 by the Cultural Ministers Council) is a name index covering the records of Indigenous Australians from ten Lutheran Church missions in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Lutheran Archives', in Lutheran Church of Australia, 2012,

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth