Australia in records from colonial missionaries, 1808-1967

Australian records in the USPG archive

Australian records in the USPG archive

The Ladies Visiting Committee's in full operation, teaching the women various useful employments for the voyage, and supplying them with the materials proper for each
Rev. William J. Welsh, Feb 1884Rev. J.W. Welsh's report on conditions facing emigrants; imgs 6-7

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The mission to Australia focussed on British deportees and native peoples

The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates around the world. During the 18th, 19th, and early-20th centuries, the USPG went by the name of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG). This collection includes letters, printed reports, annual returns, and financial statements compiled by its Australian branch during the period 1808-1967. The papers provide an unparalleled insight into the establishment and subsequent development of the Church of Australia.


Australia in records from colonial missionaries, 1808-1967...

Containing 19,545 pages belonging to 63 documents housed in 5 volumes...

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C class materials relating to the Anglican province of Australia

C/AUS. Comprises fifteen boxes of unbound documents, subdivided by diocese: Adelaide (C/AUS/ADE); Melbourne (C/AUS/MEB); North Queensland (C/AUS/NQL); Perth (C/AUS/PER); Sydney...

SPG chaplaincy services to emigrants, 1821-1864

C/EMIGRANTS/1. This single-box from the C series with 24 folders containing supplementary material from the mid-19th century, comprising chiefly unbound...

Copies of letters received, 1834-1928

CLR. Comprises thirteen volumes of letters received by the Society and read to the Committee in London, including general correspondence...

Copies of letters sent, 1837-1931

CLS. Comprises ten volumes of letters sent by the Society in London, again including general correspondence for Australian and Tasmanian...


  • The 'Indices to the Australian records in the USPG archive' cover the contents of 'Copies of letters received, 1834-1928' and 'Copies of letters sent, 1837-1931'.
  • The 'SPG chaplaincy services to emigrants, 1821-1864' contains descriptions of the passage to Australia and regulations for chaplains to emigrants.
  • Canadian emigrants are also covered by these papers upon the 'SPG chaplaincy services to emigrants, 1821-1864'.
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