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Friends of Lutheran Archives

Friends of Lutheran Archives

Friends of Lutheran Archives (FoLA) is a volunteer organisation which encourages the collection and preservation of archival material and promotes the work of the Lutheran Archives through events, fundraising, advocacy, publications, and research opportunities. The FoLA community consists of those who are interested in Lutheran history, in discovering and promoting the stories in the Lutheran Archives collection, and in supporting the ongoing preservation of the collection.

FoLA promotes the work of Lutheran Archives by hosting a program of ten public talks each year, producing a quarterly newsletter, publishing an annual journal, and offering an annual research fellowship.

In addition, FoLA supports Lutheran Archives by funding archival projects and the purchase of archival supplies. Notable contributions include the purchase of mylar sleeves to house the Lutheran Archives photograph collection, the digitisation of a series of glass lantern slides, and the funding of a project to identify, arrange and index our post- WWII migrant records. FoLA’s most recent donation was given to fund the development of this Lutheran Archives website.

Become a member

Want to join FoLA? Email fola@lca.org.au to register.

FoLA memberships are available for the following annual subscription fees:

  • Individual ($30)
  • Individual concession ($25)
  • Couple/family ($40)
  • Institution or organisation ($50)

FoLA members receive:

  • Quarterly newsletter FoLA News (email or hardcopy)
  • Annual journal, Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives (hardcopy)

Monthly Public Talks

FoLA hosts an annual program of ten monthly meetings running from February to October, featuring public talks from established and upcoming researchers on topics related to Lutheran and Australian history. 

FoLA meetings are open to the public and may be attended in person or online via livestream.

FoLA’s current regular venue is Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Adelaide (139 Archer St, North Adelaide SA 5006).

(See Upcoming Events below for dates of upcoming talks.)

Admission price: $5 donation.

FoLA YouTube Channel

FoLA’s monthly meetings are streamed live on the Friends of Lutheran Archives YouTube channel.

Subscribe to Friends of Lutheran Archives to see upcoming livestreams and watch previous talks.


Victoria and Queensland branches and events

While FoLA’s monthly meetings are based in Adelaide, FoLA branches in Victoria and Queensland host local programs of events.

For information on FOLA Victoria or FoLA Queensland, please contact FoLA at fola@lca.org.au for current contact details.


FoLA offers an annual research fellowship to support those wishing to undertake research at Lutheran Archives, with a particular emphasis on enabling interstate researchers to access the Collection: either through supporting travel costs or through digitisation of collection material.

Recipients may be requested to present their research either by giving a public talk at a FoLA meeting or by providing an article for inclusion in the FoLA journal.

The depositing of any published works as a result of research at Lutheran Archives is encouraged.


A small percentage of your membership fees goes towards a nominated project at Lutheran Archives: this is the power of many people joining together to make great things happen! (Like funding this website!)

Additional donations directly to Lutheran Archives are strongly encouraged: the Archives’ is largely self-funded and needs to raise close to 70% of its annual budget. Donations are tax-deductible. 

  • EFT: Lutheran Archives
  •  BSB 704 942
  • account 1008 46 262

(Or click the orange button at the top of the screen)

Additional donations directly to FoLA go towards the running of FoLA’s public program, production of occassional publications, and other community projects. Visit LCA Online Donations – Friends of Lutheran Archives

upcoming events

Lutheran Archives is located on Kaurna Country. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this Country and the Traditional Owners of the lands that have been documented or referenced in our collection throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. We acknowledge their continuing connection to and care of Country, Culture and Community. We pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that names, records and images of deceased persons occur within our collection.