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Australian Women in Religion Archive

Archives, Repositories & Libraries

Australian Religious Archive: Celebrating Story and History

The religious archives of five Australian congregations have found a new permanent home in Melbourne as part of an initiative to collect and store valuable materials for future generations. Five congregations to date—the Brigidine Sisters, Presentation Sisters of Victoria, Faithful Companions of Jesus, Family Care Sisters and Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS)—together with the University of Divinity, will be part of the new initiative to create an archive centre in Box Hill, in Melbourne’s east. There will be room available for other religious organisations to join and have their archive cared for, too.

State and National Libraries

The State Library of Victoria and the National Library of Australia both allow free access to a wide range of journals, databases, eBooks and other eResources to registered members. 

Once you register online a membership card will be sent to you which you then use to access all available online materials. Click on the logos below to see what resources are available and how to register:


 The National Library of Australia eResources portal allows you to search the full text content in most electronic journals, eBooks and databases. With easy filtering options, results can be narrowed by the type of content, publication, date and other categories to find exactly the information resources you need. You can find the citation and links to full text when available, as well as print, email, save and export a single result. You can also Ask a Librarian for help with your research questions or collection enquiries.




Managed by the National Library of Australia, Trove helps you find and access resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collection organisations big and small. Use Trove to find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Women's Studies Archive at the National Library of Australia

eResources for Women's Studies at the National Library of Australia

Explore history from the female perspective with 2 new additions to the Women’s Studies Archive series at the National Library of Australia.

  • Women’s Issues and Identities includes an array of digitised collections from the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on women’s experiences and cultural impact.
  • Female Forerunners Worldwide tells the story of women trailblazers – both individuals and organisations – who have impacted society through social reform, popular culture, healthcare, political activism, prison reform and much more.

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