The Baptist Church Archives, Queensland, is the main repository for the records of the Baptist denomination in Queensland, housed at The Queensland Baptists Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland 4051.
The Archives is open only by appointment:
The holdings consist mainly of the records of the Baptist Union of Queensland (minutes, year books, publications, newsletters, photographs etc) although there are records of a number of (mainly defunct) churches, personal and family items and other material of a general historical nature.
Most local church records are, according to Baptist administrative policy, in the hands of the churches of themselves (see your local telephone directory for contact details). However there are a number of local church records in the collection including older and defunct churches.
The denominational newspaper, The Queensland Baptist, has been published since 1881 (with some breaks and name changes). The years up to 1990 are available on searchable CD-
The denominational year books 1907-
There are also only a few personal papers from ministers, denominational leaders or key lay people. The material is mainly confined to Queensland documents.
The collection also contains various other items including a small collection of books, church histories, biographies and other interesting material.
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Please note that the Baptist Archives or local church collections contain almost little material that is popular with family history research such as baptism, marriage or death details. Where marriage registers still exist, the information available from them is minimal, and yields nothing more than is available from other sources.
The only kind of material giving personal, family and general biographical information relates to some leading individuals who were/are officials of the denomination.
Some of the obituaries in the Queensland Baptist, especially earlier issues, are also useful.
Please note also that as a matter of doctrinal belief, the Baptist denomination does not baptise or christen infants, so there are no records of infant baptism available at the denominational or local church archives.
© D. Parker Jan 2017
BAPTIST CHURCH ARCHIVES, QUEENSLAND
53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, Queensland 4051
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For more information about these and other topics, contact the Archives
(for managing local church records and church history, and for submitting details to Baptist Church Archives Qld.)