Brisbane Jewish history preserved

March 31, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The records of Jewish marriage ceremonies celebrated in the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation between 1868  and 1946 are to be presented to Queensland State Library in a restored bound registry next month.

Brisbane Synagogue 1906

There will be a full size digitized replica of the  Registry which will be available for perusal in addition to viewing the original which will be preserved under the correct climatic conditions by the Q’ld State Library.

The Registry has data related to the Chosen and Kala,( bride and groom) including, age when married, occupation, birthplace and address (many of the later entries lived in New Farm).
Queensland separated from NSW in 1859 (by royal decree of Queen Victoria) and the BHC became an official entity in 1864, only 5 years later. The data in the Registry has pertinent information related to both early Jewish and secular Queensland history.
In addition the “Minutes Book of 1883-1885  of the Building Committee” which preceded the completion and dedication  of the Shul at 98 Margaret St., City Brisbane in 1886, will also be on display. Viewing the digitized enlarged minuted excerpts will be available.
The original minutes, written during the meeting that took place on  Tuesday , 7th April 1885 , are included. This is important as these are somewhat illegible and are in stark contrast to the copybook transcription of same in the official minute book.


One Response to “Brisbane Jewish history preserved”
  1. DR.A.M.BRINER says:

    Re the “Official handover of the Marriage Registry 1868-1946 plus the Minute book leading to the consecration of the Synagogue in Brisbane” in 1886, there has been a very important omission in the accompanying article…..

    Wonderful seeing the article. However,ADMISSION will only be permitted if a formal application to attend has been submitted as documented in communal communications.

    DR.A.M.BRINER (Hon Heritage Officer , Brisbane Hebrew Congregation)

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