Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP)

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984.

Church and mission records

Religion in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, for the first century and a half after European settlement, was dominated by the traditional Christian churches and evangelical missionaries. Their activities are documented in Church and mission records in the Miscellaneous Series.

The major collections are Missionary Societies founded by Anglican evangelicals in the late 18th century and the Methodist Church in the early 19th century:

  • The London Missionary Society
  • Church Missionary Society
  • Methodist Missionary Society

All three collections document the establishment of the Church in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, in particular the work of missionaries amongst indigenous peoples and European settlers.

The M Series includes personal papers and correspondence of leading Churchmen, including:

  • the first chaplains in the colony of NSW, Richard Johnson and Samuel Marsden
  • the first Roman Catholic priest, John Joseph Therry
  • later Archbishops including;
    • William Grant Broughton (Anglican Bishop of Australia)
    • George Augustus Selwyn (Anglican Bishop of New Zealand)
    • John Bede Polding first Roman Catholic bishop in Australia and the first archbishop of Sydney

Religious activists among the clergy are also documented including:

  • Presbyterian, John Dunmore Lang
  • Roman Catholic Archbishop, Daniel Mannix.

Significant Collections

Missionary Societies


Religious Archives