Discover family and local history


21 February 2019

Churches and religion in South Australia

Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 9am – 4.45pm

Hetzel Theatre State Library of South Australia
Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue


– pre-booked $40 (by 10pm Tue 19 Feb 2019)
– on the day $50

Click here or the graphic at left to book your place at the conference


Provisional – subject to minor change

9.00am – registration and exhibition
9.25am – welcome and seminar introduction
9.30am – Churches and religion define South Australia – P. Donovan
10.15am – break (30 mins)
10.45am – Church and religious records – A. Peake
11.30am – Church records held at the State Library – Kris Svendsen
12 noon – Digitised church periodicals and other resources for researchers – Alan Phillips
12.15pm – prize winners announced and notice of coming seminars and events
12.25pm – lunch break (80 mins)
12.30pm – tour of the State Library family history service
1.45pm – Religious records available at Genealogy SA – Genealogy SA

Presentations by church historical societies, archives and historians
2.15pm – Baptist – Dr John Walker [historical background] and Dr Ros Gooden [historical records]
2.45pm – Lutheran – Rachel Kuchel
3.15pm – break (15 mins)

Presentations by church historical societies, archives and historians
3.30pm – Uniting (Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian) – Dr Dean Eland
4.15pm – Quakers – Charles Stevenson and Dr Jenny Stock
4.15pm – Anglican Archives records – Bruce Gould
5.00pm – close


Peter Donovan – professional historian
Peter is a well known South Australian historian. He was the 2015 South Australian historian of the year. He is the author of numerous books and a regular speaker on a wide range of topics. He has spoken at previous Unlock the Past events and in recent years has been specialist history presenter on cruise ships.

Peter was the founding president of the Professional Historians Association (SA) and one of the prime movers in the development of the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations Inc. He belongs to other relevant professional bodies such as Australia ICOMOS, the (American) National Council of Public History, and the Oral History Association of Australia (SA Branch).

Photo: Peter, Historian of the Year, receiving the certificate from South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, 30 July 2015
– more about Peter
– historian of the year – biographical information
– web site

Andrew Peake
Andrew is descended from families that had migrated to South Australia from 1839 onwards. In 1973 he co-founded with Dr T T Reed, then Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide, the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, and has at various times been its President, Vice-President and Secretary.  He chaired the organizing committees of the Australasian Congresses on Genealogy and Heraldry in Adelaide in 1980 and 2012.  Andrew was President of the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations in 1984-87 and 2009-12.  The Federation presented him with the Award for Meritorious Services to Family History in 2003.

Andrew is a social worker, having graduated with a BA (Social Work) in 1979, and has worked for most of his life in the State Public Service.  However, family history became his passion and he received the Diploma in Family History Studies in 1966, the Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History (UNE) in 1995 and a Master of Letters (Australian History) (UNE) in 1998.
Andrew’s South Australian history sources is the major guide to history and genealogy resouces in this state. It was first published in 1977 (different title) and with the latest edition published in 2019. In addition Andrew has written numerous other publications, generally with a family and local history and biographical focus.  Most recently Andrew was made a Life Member of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society. In 2018 he was given by the Society the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Kris Svendsen (State Library of South Australia)

Genealogy SA

Church historical societies, archives and historians

  • Baptist – Dr John Walker and Dr Ros Gooden
  • Lutheran – Rachel Kuchel, Lutheran Archives
  • Uniting – Rev Dr Dean Eland
  • Quakers – Charles Stevenson and Dr Jenny Stock
  • St George’s Magill Historical Group (Anglican)
    … others to be advised

Other information

Exhibition – an exhibition with information and sales tables will be open in the breaks and before the first presentation. There will be special offers and prizes drawn from all who pre-book.

Food – this is not included in the seminar cost. Options are

  • Bring your own (eat at venue)
  • Aroma Café (within the State Library building)
  • find a cafe in the city nearby

Parking – several nearby car parks

  • UPark – 9-17 Gawler Place, Adelaide (150m walk) early bird rates $16 a day
  • Wilson Parking – 215-225 North Terrace, Adelaide (200m walk) early bird rates $13-$16 a day
  • Wilson Parking – 251 North Terrace, Adelaide (500m walk) early bird rate $13 a day
  • Check out Parkopedia for more

Public transport – There are bus stops close to the Library near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace. Plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.