Anglican Diocese of Newcastle Archives

Sample Page from 1837 Christ Church Cathedral Register

ABC Newcastle (Newcastle) – Day Shift -15/04/2008 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: John Clarke
Producer: Jeannette McMahon
Interviewee: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, Newcastle University

Newcastle University Archivist Gionni Di Gravio discusses the 1871 Census of the Parish of St John’s Parish Newcastle, the wider archives of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and the recent digitisation of the parish registers of Christ Church Cathedral.

Web link: The Archives of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

Broadcast Notes:

The vast Archive of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and Christ Church Cathedral includes the records of St. John’s College, Morpeth, runs to over 120 shelf metres and dates from the year 1826. We have 4 volumes of finding aids relating to the Collection, including the Morpeth Collection of rare works previously housed in St John’s College Morpeth.

The Diocese of Newcastle was founded by Royal Letters Patent in 1847. The boundaries up until 1860 covered a territory encompassing the whole of northern New South Wales and Queensland to Cape York.

On the 29th June 1847, the Reverend William Tyrrell was consecrated in Westminster Abbey as the first Bishop. He arrived in Newcastle on the 30th January 1848 and on the following day (his birthday) was installed in the Christ Church Cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral Registers Digitisation Project

We have We have recently found some project funds to invest in a digitisation project of original archives.

We selected the early Christ Church Cathedral Parish Registers to begin with, given the immense interest generated by the recent genealogical TV shows in the UK and Australia featuring celebrities accessing original parish registers and documents.

Over the last week we have had a Project Officer photographing the original registers dating from 1826.

Once the registers have been digitised we hope to begin placing them online through our flickr image repository website.

Treasures: Bishop Tyrrell’s Personal Diary and Accounts Book

The Archives of the Anglican Diocese also includes the first Bishop of Newcastle Bishop Tyrrell’s personal diaries and papers and is of such significance that the National Preservation Office at the National Library of Australia provided a generous grant for conservation treatment. Records restored under this program included the diary of pioneer Bishop William Tyrrell and an early watercolour of his church at Morpeth. Morpeth at the time was the seat of Tyrrell’s Diocese, and the jumping off point for settlers going into the interior.

Bishop Tyrrell’s leather-bound ‘Private Diary 1831’ at B6558 contains his personal, parish and Diocesan accounts spanning his life from 1829 – 1879. There are personal accounts including receipts and detailed lists of expenditure from his student days at St. John’s College, Cambridge, as well as lists of birthdays, servants wages and even the contents of the ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ wine cellars.

Bishop Tyrrell\'s Private Diary page

Two further diaries accessioned at B6556 and B6557 respectively are leather-bound diaries covering the period from September 1850 – September 1868. They consist of meditations and devotional reflections upon the Gospels and Epistles of the day. The references are given at the head of each page. The diary entries are divided into ‘Agenda’ i.e. a list of things to do, and ‘Acta’, i.e. an account of what was actually achieved. His sample timetables provide at least 2 hours for private devotions, 4 hours for study of religious works and 6 hours or more for Diocesan work.

Bishop Tyrrell\'s Diary

The 1871 Census of St John’s Parish Newcastle

B16117 Minute Book labeled ‘Sunday School’, of which a major portion contains the Minute Book and Income and Expenditure Books, combined, of the Teachers of the Sunday School, 1882-1892 (41v-168r), with the first 38 leaves (1v-38r) consisting of a Survey of the Parish of St John’s conducted between January and March of 1871 and encompassing the areas of The Glebe, Wickham Railway Village, Honeysuckle Point, The Pottery and Junction, Mosquito Island, Dempsey Island, and the following streets and roads, Lake Macquarie Road, Darby, Blane, Lower Church, Dawson, Railway, Bull, Bruce, Melville, Polly and Corlette.

We present the complete digital version of this remarkable 1871 census manuscript:

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