Archives of the
Diocese of Parramatta


The Parramatta Diocesan Archives hold the records of the administration of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta since the Diocese was first established and the Most Reverend Bede Vincent Heather DD appointed the first Bishop of Parramatta on 8 April 1986.

The Archives primarily hold records from 1986 onwards, with a small quantity of pre-1986 records, including early land grants and correspondence from the Archbishops of Sydney transferred from the Sydney Archdiocesan Archives.

If you are looking for records of the Catholic Church in Western Sydney prior to 1986, the Sydney Archdiocesan Archives hold many of these. For more information, visit the Sydney Archdiocesan Archives.

Parish records remain at the Parish that created them, or in the case of amalgamations, at the Parish that succeeded the original Parish.

Please contact the Parramatta Diocesan Archives for more information.

Sacramental registers

Each parish church keeps a register of baptisms, marriages and burials and an extract from the register can be provided for faith purposes if required.

If you are a family historian, the early registers were copied by the NSW Government and this information can now be accessed at the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages.

There are microfilmed copies of the early registers of St Patrick’s Church Parramatta (now St Patrick’s Cathedral) are available at the State Library of NSW and Parramatta Local Studies Library.

Please contact the Archivist if you require assistance.

Contact Us


Please contact the Parramatta Diocesan Archives for more information.


Archives and Records Manager
Lienntje Cornelissen


Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Address: Level 2, 12 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150

Post: PO Box 3066 North Parramatta NSW 1750

Phone: 02 8838 3400

Fax: 02 9630 4813

Email: archives@parra.catholic.org.au