British Christianity was adapted and modified in colonial environments and helped to shape a growing sense of national identity in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. This chronologically arranged index will identify for scholars documentary sources of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the Anglican Church relevant to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the other Pacific islands and held in the Lambeth Palace Library's archives. In the 1860s, Archbishops of Canterbury inherited responsibility from the Colonial Office for selecting and nominating colonial bishops. By the turn of the twentieth century, archbishops had become confidantes, counselors, and advisers to bishops overseas. Although the papers and correspondence primarily reflect the ecclesiastical life, they also reflect the social, economic, and political atmosphere of the time, and underscore how vital religious institutions were to the colonial communities' developing sense of unity. The papers' contents are diverse and include, among other topics, information about Aborigines, Australian church and community life, women's roles, immigration issues, imperialism, Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, and race relations.
This index will be a valuable source to scholars and researchers studying social and institutional developments in the former British Empire and Commonwealth. Data is organized chronologically by archbishop. The volume contains two appendices; one listing archbishops of Canterbury, bishops of London, and bishops and archbishops in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, and another listing Lambeth degrees. Separate subject and name indexes are included.
^IAnglicans in the Antipodes^R is a remarkable piece of collaborative work, which all interested in the History of Australia will welcome. This guide will prove to be a most comprehensive tool for Australian historians to identify aspects of our history, particularly to do with the Anglican Church that has previously been very difficult to Access. Now, for the first time, we have a reliable guide to the holdings of the most important Australian Anglicanism archives that are held at Lambeth Palace Library. This index is a mine of information and will be a tool for scholars for tany years. We are all in the debt of the authors.
For many years I have followed the progress of ^IAnglicans in the Antipodes^R, and the painstaking scholarship of its compilers as they studied in the reading room of Lambeth Palace Library. Its publication represents a major achievement, which all who know the vast and ever growing correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury will fully appreciate. This is a book which successfully opens up the history of the Anglican Church in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific for research. It wil be fundamental to future studies.