BAPTIST HERITAGE QUEENSLAND National Guide to Australian Baptist Historical Resources & Services On-line Version (v3 10/16)



I  Archives


Baptist Church Archives, Queensland

Queensland Baptists Centre

53 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne Qld  4051

PO Box 6166, Mitchelton Qld  4053

Phone    07 3354 5600



Honorary Archivist: Contact at above address or by email


The Baptist Church Archives Queensland is the central repository for the documentary and electronic historical records of the Baptist Union of Queensland, and its constituents.



1. To collect and store the historical records of the Baptist Union of Queensland, its departments, committees, divisions, charter groups and agencies, and where possible and necessary, those of its member churches

2. To conserve, preserve, classify and index these records as far as possible according to professional standards

3. To make the records readily available for bona fide resear­chers

4. To promote the value of historical records and to educate the Baptist constituency in their use


Access: during normal office hours, by appointment. Material is not on open access but must be handled by arrangement with the Archivist.


Policies on access: Records are generally available to bona fide researchers; access is at the discretion of the Archivist. Appointments are necessary and enquires should be made initially by email, preferably.  Most material is accessible, although restrictions apply to sensitive and  recent records, personal papers and to older fragile material. Written application must be made for use of material in commercial works. Due acknowledgment of all material used must be made in the form, “Used with permission of Baptist Archives, Qld. (Date)”


Fees: No set fees are levied except for commercial work and extensive searches, but donations towards the upkeep and development of the Archives are requested. Out of pocket expenses for postage, phone calls and photocopying  etc., will be charged.


Indexing: Most material has been broadly classified and is indexed on a computerised system. Computerised church membership figures and growth patterns are also available on request. Depending upon the amount and type of information needed, a dona­tion may be requested for access to this service.


Holdings: Most material is on paper but there is a growing volume of digital material as the Archives. Some, but not all, digital material is identified below. Enquiries welcome.

Baptist Union of Queensland


Minutes of Executive Council, Assemblies and Committees/Departments 1877 onwards;

correspondence and general records;

general finance records and reports

Extremely limited number of personal papers of church leaders and some biographies



Baptist Union of Queensland Year Books/Directories/Handbooks  -  1907 onwards

(many digitised - see


Denominational newspapers

          (many digitised - see

Queensland Freeman 1881-1888

Queensland Baptist 1890-1913; 1923-1931, 1951 onwards

Queensland Baptist Forum/BHSQ Newsletter - 1984 onwards


Other publications (published by the Baptist Union and others)

A Fellowship of Service (Centenary history of the Baptist Union of Queensland), J.E. White (Brisbane: Baptist Union of Queensland, 1977)

'A True Pastor' The Life and Ministry of William Higlett, David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 13)  (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2002)

Baptists in Queensland: A Guide to their Life and Faith, D. Parker (ed.) (Baptist Historical Series No. 1) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2000)

Cameos of Baptist Men in 19th Century Queensland, Mel Williams (Baptist Historical Series No. 2) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1995)

Christian Camping - Baptist Camping in Queensland, Joan Maxwell (2 vols) (1991, 1993 )  

Coleyville, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Boonah Highfields Baptist Cemeteries (Qld) Monumental Inscriptions , Rosemary and Eric Kopittke (1997) (Fiche contains extra material)

For His Glory: 100 years of the Queensland Baptist College of Ministries, SW Nickerson & Les Ball (QBCM, 2004)

Fortitude: Dr Lang's Vision for Queensland and the United Evangelical Church, David Parker Angus Edmonds (Baptist Historical Series No. 10) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1999)

Grow the Vision: the sesqui-centennial history of the City Tabernacle Baptist Church: 1855-2005, L. J. Ball (City Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2005)

HACK: A Biography of the Life and Work of Rev Harold George Hackworthy MC MA 1891-1953, R. W. (Bill) Hughes (2009), (Baptist Historical Series No. 15) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2009)

History of ABMS in Queensland 1855-1975,  (Typescript) Rev. E.E. Edwards

James Voller: Pioneer Baptist Minister of Australia, David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 4) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1997)

Jubilee Assembly, 1877-1927 -  Souvenir Programme (Baptist Union of Queensland)

Jubilee Record: The Growth of a College, John E. White (1954) (A history of the Queensland Baptist College)

Marburg Baptist Church, Richard Scanlan and David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 12) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2000)

Minden, Tarampa and Vernor Baptist Cemeteries (Qld) Monumental Inscriptions , Rosemary Eric Kopittke (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1996)

Mission to Queensland 1981-1996: a Baptist experiment in church planting, Melvin Williams (Baptist Historical Series No. 5) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1998)

Pressing on with the Gospel: the story of Baptists in Queensland 1855-2005, edited by David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 14) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2005)

Queensland Baptist Jubilee Record Volume 1855-1905, (Brisbane: W.R. Smith & Co, 1906)

Remember all the Way: a Century of Baptist History in Queensland, David Parker (ed.) (Documents of Queensland Baptist History No. 3) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1996)

Rev. B.G. Wilson Queensland Baptist Founding Father, Stan W. Nickerson (Baptist Historical Series No. 9) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1999)

So, Your Ancestor was a Baptist in Queensland! Eric and Rosemary Kopittke (Baptist Historical Series No. 3) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1995

Something more than Gold: Baptists in Central Queensland 1862-2012, David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 17) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2012

Strange Bedfellows: Rev. Charles Stewart Brisbane’s First Baptist Minister and the United Evangelical Church, (2nd Edition), David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 7) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1998)

Tarampa Baptist Church, Richard Scanlan and David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 11) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2000)

The Gregory History of Queensland Baptists, David Parker (ed.) (1995) (Documents of Queensland Baptist History No. 1) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1995)

The Joshua Jenyns History of the Baptist Church in Brisbane, David Parker (ed.) (Documents of Queensland Baptist History No. 2) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1996)

The National Guide to Australian Baptist Historical Resources and Services, David Parker (eds) (3rd edition) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2012

Thomas and William Deacon: General Baptists in Queensland, David Parker (Baptist Historical Series No. 8) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1998)

Vision and Courage: Rev. A.H. Brooks his Family Heritage, John Brooks (Baptist Historical Series No. 6) (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 1998)

Women who Made a Difference, Celebrating the contribution of 24 Queensland Baptist women to church, community and mission, David Parker (ed.), (Baptist Historical Series No 16) Baptist Historical Society of Queensland, 2009)

Digital Publications

Baptist Union Publications available on CD - see

E-Books - see

Fortitude: Rev Charles Stewart and the United Evangelical Church, David Parker

A Plucky People: Baptists in Rockhampton, Queensland: 1862-2012, David Parker

The Lure of Gold: Baptists in Central Queensland, 1862-2012, David Parker


Many photographs dating back to the earliest periods, all indexed but not all identified

Digital images - many images of churches, pastors and people

Recordings: Some audio and video recordings of Assembly proceedings and addresses

(includes reel-to-reel, cassette, CD/DVD etc)

Other records

Church histories: booklets on the histories of many churches published for centenary, jubilee or other historical occasions;

Biographies: some biographies of ministers and prominent lay people

Churches: Records of some individual churches, including minutes of church, diaconates, committees and departments; correspondence; reports; general papers etc. (some available on microfiche)

Baptist Cemetery inscriptions - Coleyville, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Boonah, Highfields Baptist Cemeteries (Qld) Monumental Inscriptions

Breed, G.R., Index of ministers who served in churches included n W.T. Whitley’s The Baptists of London up to the publication date, 1928 (BHS, UK, 2012)

Breed, G.R., Second Index of Baptist Ministers covering many whose service did not include churches listed in W.T. Whitley’s Baptists of London (1828) BHS, UK, 2012)

Baptist Union of Australia (Australian Baptist Ministries)

Proceedings of:

First Australian Baptist Congress, 1908

Second Australasian Baptist Congress, 1911

Souvenir Programme: Inaugural Meetings, 1926

Souvenir Programme, 1929: The Business of the Baptists

Triennial Assembly 1938

The New Order We Must Prepare. Triennial Assembly, 1941

National Baptist Family Convention papers - 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1994

Year Books of the State Unions and official Handbook, 1929, 938, 1942, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1979



Churinga  - The Journal of the Australian Baptist Historical Society  (1950, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966)

The National Baptist  (Quarterly) Vol 1 no 1 (March 1988)-


Other Publications



From Woolloomooloo to ‘Eternity’: A History of Australian Baptists (2 volumes), Ken R Manley, (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2006).

Australian Baptists - Past and Present,  Michael Petras (ed.) (Sydney: Baptist Historical Society of NSW, 1988)

Baptised into one Body: a Short History of the Baptist Union of Australia, Basil S. Brown (Hawthorn, Vic.: Baptist Union of Australia, 1987)

Baptists - Their Heritage and Faith, K.R. Manley (Brisbane: Baptist Union of Queensland, 1974)

Caring is by Sharing: Twenty-five years of Austra­lian Baptist World Aid and Relief  A.C. Prior (Sydney: ABWARC, 1984)

Early Australian Baptist History, W. Higlett (Baptist Union of Australia, 1926)

The First Australian Baptists K.R. Manley & M. Petras (Syd­ney:  Baptist Historical Society of NSW, 1981)


Baptist World Alliance

BWA Congress Proceedings (1928,  1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1980, 1985) o

Baptist World Alliance Yearbook 1926, 1927

The Baptist World 1960-1980

The Fellowship of Kindred Minds - A Brief History of the Baptist World Alliance 1964, Cyril E. Bryant

We Baptists, Baptist World Alliance (Franklin, TN, Providence House, 1999

Baptists Together in Christ 1905-2005, Richard Pierard, et al, (BWA, 2005)


British Baptists

Baptist Messenger 1879-85, 1888-90 (bound vols)

Baptist Missionary Society: Centenary Volume of the B.M.S., 1792-1892 John B. Myers (ed.)


Miscellaneous Holdings

Brisbane Baptist Ministers Fraternal, Minutes, 1909-12

Brisbane Ministers’ Union, Minutes 1891-8, Letter books 1592-6; 1896-1900

Brisbane Sunday School Union, Minutes 1883-1892

Queensland Baptist Preachers Society, Minutes 1917-1925

Queensland Sunday School Union, Annual Reports 1877-97 (bound vol.)

South Brisbane Ministers’ Association, Minutes 1924-1926


Artefacts:  There are only a few artefacts and no museum



Reading room; photocopying; computerised index (Archivist’s use); research and consultancy services available

II  Historical Society


Baptist Heritage Queensland (The Baptist Historical Society of Queensland)       

(Est. 1st May, 1984)


Contact: c/-


The Baptist Heritage Queensland (Historical Society of Queensland - BHQ) is a voluntary society operating within the Baptist denomination in Queensland with membership open to individuals, families, organizations and churches.

Meeting dates: as arranged - approx. February, June, November


Membership categories: Personal $10  Family $15  Church/organization $20  includes subscription to journal The Queensland Baptist Forum  (previously BHSQ Newsletter) published 3 times each year (otherwise $2 each) (all back copies available)  Apply to Secretary for details and current rates.


Activities and Services:

Quarterly planning and workshop meetings (as arranged)

Opportunity to help locate, acquire and care for archival records of Baptists in Queensland

Liaison with churches on historical matters

Computer-aided research and finding facilities (donation basis for non-members)

Research services (on a fee-for-service basis)

Development of on-going and special projects



Guides - informative leaflets on various aspects of Baptist history

The Baptist Archives, Qld -  A Guide - basic information about the holdings and procedures of the Archives of the Baptist Union of Queensland 

Church Archives Register and Inventory Form - for organizing and recording historical records

Managing Local Church records - a Guide - helpful information on caring for and using local church records

Your Local Church History - a four page guide to preserving and presenting church history

Digitising Church Records - a Guide

Periodical: The Queensland Baptist Forum (3 times p.a. - formerly BHSQ Newsletter)


Books (see above) and at website


III  General


Current Publications

Baptist Union Handbook (annual)

Baptist Union Reports (combined with Handbook prior to 1978)

Queensland Baptist (bi-monthly)


Standard Publications (see above)

IV  Other Relevant Bodies


Other Baptist Institutions

Malyon College, 53 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne, Q 4051; PO Box 6166, Mitchelton Q 4053 Ph: 61 7 3354 5664  Fax: 61 7 3354 5660  Library contains theses, local church histories, The Australian BaptistThe Queensland Baptist, Baptist Union of Queensland Handbooks/Report books; Anvil QuarterlyChuringa, Baptist World Alliance proceedings, some Baptist Union of Great Britain Handbooks (1876-1968 impf.) and academic journals related to Baptist theology and heritage.

Churches - hold their own records; churches of historical importance include City Tabernacle, Ipswich, Maryborough, Rockhampton, South Brisbane Vulture Street,  Toowoomba (records of some of these churches are available on microfiche/digital form at Baptist Archives, Queensland.

Departments of the Baptist Union hold many of their own records. In particular, the Queensland Baptist Care (QBC) and Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) control large organizations and considerable property.


Other Academic Bodies

University of Queensland, St Lucia.  Fryer Library holds research theses, including some relating to the Baptist church in Queensland.


Other Public Bodies

Brisbane History Group Inc., PO Box 12, Kelvin Grove Q 4059

Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Commissariat Store, 115 William St, Brisbane Q 4000 (PO Box 12057 Brisbane Elizabeth Street Q 4003) Tel/Fax: (07) 3221 4198

John Oxley Library, Queensland Cultural Centre, Stanley Street, South Bank, South Brisbane  P.O. Box 3488, South Brisbane Q 4101   Tel:  (07) 3840 7880 Fax (07) 3846 2421  (catalogue accessible)  The library specialises in Queensland history and holds annual reports, yearbooks, handbooks, histories of local churches etc, some of which are not held elsewhere and some manuscripts

Mitchell Library, Sydney - contains some items relating to Queensland history (see also NSW entry for details of this library.) 

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