Family History Records and St Francis’ Church
Baptism, marriage and funeral services were held on a regular basis at St Francis’ Church, Melbourne from 1839 until 1929.
With the arrival of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation in November 1929, St Francis’ Church became a Eucharistic Shrine and ceased its former parish functions. In accordance with the wishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, baptism, marriage and funeral services were no longer conducted at St Francis’ Church, other than in rare or exceptional circumstances.
Records of pre-1929 baptism and marriage services at St Francis’ Church are not held in the Blessed Sacrament Congregation and St Francis’ Church Heritage Centre. These records are held by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. Duplicate copies of some of these records are also available to the public at the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
For certificates of baptisms and marriages conducted at St Francis’ Church between 1839 and 1853 (inclusive), researchers are advised to contact:
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Ground floor, 595 Collins Street, Melbourne
GPO Box 4332, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Telephone: (from within Australia) 1300 369 367
International: (from outside Australia only) + 61 3 9613 5111
To search online historical indexes and download uncertified images of certificates for historical purposes (fees apply) go to http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au
For certificates of baptisms and marriages at St Francis’ Church between 1854 and 1929 (inclusive), researchers are advised to contact St Patrick’s Cathedral via one of the mail, telephone or email address options listed below (fees may apply).
St Patrick's Cathedral, PO Box 146, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Telephone (03) 9662 2233, Fax (03) 9639 0987
Please note that a counter service for family history research is not available at St Patrick’s Cathedral. All researchers are requested to make their initial enquiry by mail, telephone, or email.