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Personal Papers

The Personal Papers collection comprises records created, collected or used by individuals within the church, and documents their involvement or experience in the life of the Lutheran church in Australia and New Zealand.

The collection is predominantly collected from pastors, teachers and members of the church, as well as individuals who have had a significant influence on church ministries and development.

The records in this collection frequently complement records found in the Synods & Departments collection and the Congregation collection (e.g. correspondence kept and deposited by pastors often addresses synodical or congregational matters).



Records within this collection can include:

  • diaries and memoirs
  • sketch books
  • personal publications and theses
  • personal correspondence
  • certificates of ordination
  • letters of calls to congregations or teaching appointments
  • 19th century passports and naturalization certificates
  • civic documents from before migration


Themes prevalent within this collection include:

  • migration and settlement
  • early life in the colonies
  • church settlement and expansion
  • pioneer women
  • internment and other experiences during WWI and WWII
  • life on the mission stations


For genealogical records, please see Genealogy and Family History where you can search our Names Index database for records of pastoral acts (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials) along with Post WWII-migrant records.

Other relevant holdings can be found in the Synod & Department Records or Congregation records


Click the button to view a PDF outlining the holdings in the Personal Papers series (it will open in a new browser tab). Not all contents have been scoped, as this is a work-in-progress. Contents of a particular series can be prioritised and scoped on demand for a small fee.

Sample some stories

FKG Blaess

Gottlieb Blaess – Missionary to the Māori

When 29-year-old theological student Gottlieb Blaess returned from his Christmas holidays in the winter of 1893, he found a letter waiting for him: a call from the Hermannsburg Free Church to serve as missionary in New Zealand.

Kriewaldt family, early 1900s

Emma Kriewaldt – Diary of a Pastor’s Wife

At the age of 23, Emma Kriewaldt nee Eberlein moved from Shawano, Wisconsin, USA to Lobethal in South Australia with her husband Emil Kriewaldt, an LCMS pastor who had been called to serve in Australia.

Daniel Heinrich Christian Busch, stone mason, Wanderbuch

Two German tradesmen and their Wanderbücher

These Wanderbücher document the journeyman travels of two German tradesmen: stone mason Daniel Heinrich Christian Busch and carpenter Friedrich Johann Christian Juers.

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.