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​​Victorian Archives


The Archives is based at 54 Serrell St, Malvern East, VIC 3145.

We are at the rear of the Malvern East Uniting Centre, part of the Stonnington Community Uniting Church, opposite the kindergarten.


Contact details and opening hours

  • Open for visitors: Thursdays 9.00am – 4.00pm. Fridays by arrangement only. Telephone enquiries only on Mondays. We are not open during the Christmas/New Year period or on any Victorian public holidays.
  • Telephone: (03) 9571 5476 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays only.
  • Email:  Please note this address is only monitored during the Archives’ opening hours - see note above.

Transport and parking

  • Nearest railway station is East Malvern (on the Glen Waverley line) is 850m or approximately 10-12 minutes walk from the archives.

    Alternatively: Carnegie station (on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines), at Koornang Rd & Morton Ave, Carnegie. Distance from Archives: or approximately 14-16mins walk.

  • Yarra Trams: No. 3 tram, East Malvern / Waverley Road terminus – 600m or approximately 10 minutes walk away.
  • Parking: Limited space is available on site. There is better availability outside of normal school term times.

About Us - A brief guide to the Victorian Archives

The Victorian Archives manage a collection of records beginning with the earliest years of the Colony of Victoria. Many topics of public interest, social relevance and concern have been discussed in reports of church courts, periodicals and special commissions. Historians of most disciplines, secondary, tertiary and post graduate students, genealogists and family history enthusiasts will find useful resources.
The archives were established at the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia to be a central repository for the historical records of the Synod, presbyteries and parishes of Victoria.
Commissioned to collect and preserve records of the institutions and individuals relating to the Uniting Church, it is staffed by a qualified Archivist, Dr Jenny Bars, assisted by a group of voluntary workers. Their contribution of expertise in history, custody and research of archival material maintains the archives' service to the Uniting Church and the wider community.


Receiving and processing archival material

Please refer to the Synod’s archive policies (available to download from the right-hand side of this webpage) for guidance on the records we do and do not archive. It is helpful to contact the archives team to make arrangements before sending through large quantities of material.

Access to archival materials 

An appointment is preferred for all personal research if visiting the centre. Making an appointment helps us manage resources as well as ensure archival records are available – sometimes material needs to be ordered from our storage provider. 
There are three categories of collections;
1. Closed
2. Restricted (For specialised research in the 'restricted' area, letters of reference and a legal release may be required.)
3. Open


Fees and charges for accessing Victorian Archives' services

Updated May 2016; please click on link below for full details;


Our main collections

Wesleyan Methodist / Methodist
This collection includes manuscript and printed minutes of conferences, districts, circuits, missions, departments, commissions, series of correspondence, building files, plans and photographs. There are complete holdings of denominational journals, serials and newspapers for Victoria. A wide range of educational materials relates to ministerial training, Denominational Board Schools, Sunday Schools and youth work.
Minor Methodist Denominations, Congregational and Presbyterian
Comprising printed and manuscript minutes, parish records, financial and building records.
There are a variety of collections relating to the many denominational and parish organisations created for fellowship, missions, church-aid and moral welfare. Many of these were women's groups located throughout Victoria.
Personal records are held for ministers of the Independent, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches including their appointments and stations.
Uniting Church
  • Parish and congregational histories, registers, minute books.      
  • Paintings, prints and photographs.
  • Liturgical: Bibles, service books, hymnals.
  • Architects' plans, specifications for churches, schools, halls and ministers' residences.
  • Memorabilia and artefacts.

Artefacts - online images collection (via Victorian Collections)The Victorian Archives has begun the process of transferring its collection of several hundred high-quality images of its artefacts onto the 'Victorian Collections' online database.

This internet resource is utilised by dozens of other museums and archives across the state of Victorian as a way of sharing the photos, and contextual information, about historical objects with users not just around Australia but globally. The material is freely accessible to anyone with a computer and internet.

For more details and to access our content on the Victorian Collection site please click on the following (external) link: