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Rediscovering forgotten history – why parish records are so important

“A recent case where history was thought to have been lost, but has been rediscovered, is the early church registers for St James’, Toowoomba. Up to a few months ago, it was thought that this church’s early registers were destroyed in a flood caused by burst water pipes under the original rectory where records were then stored. However, it turns out that the registers were not lost,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers

Sir John Goodwin (Governor of Queensland) entering through the Lynch Gate of St Andrew’s Church (Lutwyche) to lay the foundation stone for the Scout Den on 1 August 1931 (from Correspondence file of Archbishop Wand 1935, held by the Records and Archives Centre)

Implementation of Records and Archives Centre digitisation plan

Since early 2021, with the advice and guidance of the Records and Archives Committee, I have been implementing a plan to digitise key Records and Archives Centre series. This plan goes beyond the old and interesting records in the collection – although these are being prioritised as well – and includes records that are business-critical to the continued operation of the Church,” says Diocesan Archivist Michael Rogers