The Jewish Genealogical Records of Australia and New Zealand
The Jewish Genealogical Records of Australia and New Zealand
The Jewish Genealogical Records of Australia and New Zealand
The large and important genealogical holdings of the AJHS (Vic) are now housed with the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Victoria AJGS (Vic). Most items are available within the AJGS (Vic) Collection at the Makor Library. Inquirers should contact email the AJGS (Vic) at ajgs@exist.com.au or contact the Honorary Secretary of the AJGS, Lionel Sharpe, on (03) 9523 6738.
The Jewish Genealogical Records of Australia and New Zealand
Ref:
Harvey A. Cohen and Beverley Davis ‘The Jewish Genealogical records of Australia and New Zealand’, Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, 1990 pp 211-221
This paper at its publication reliably indicate the scope and availability of Australasian Jewish records, and of those overseas records copies of which are available in Australia.
Here are two update notes.
Microfilms of Australian Synagogue Records
AJHS (Vic) accumulated an extensive collection of microfilms of Australasian synagogue records. These microfilms are now in the possession (as an extended loan) of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (AJGS). The AJGS intends to digitise these records, and to produce indexes, which will greatly ease the effort of searching through hundreds and in some cases thousands of images.

Catalogue of Gravestone Inscriptions
Commencing in the 1970's, Beverley Davis, has visited all Australian, New Zealand, and certain Pacific region cemeteries seeking out Jewish graves, and has written down the inscriptions. She has made repeat visits every five years or so, to maintain and update these hand-written records. The project to digitise these records is ongoing; but has necessarily been sidelined by the massive effort put in by Beverley in sorting, indexing, mounting as appropriate, the more than 700 boxes of original records that the AJHS (Vic) had accumulated. In about 2005 less that 20,000 gravestone inscriptions remained to be added to the database.