Rare Books Collection (Restricted Access)

The Rare Books collection have restricted access. Researchers may apply for access by downloading and completing a Request for Access form.

 Download Request for Access Form

The Library of Bishop Thomas, an English scholar and the first Bishop of Goulburn, forms the nucleus of the Rare Books collection. In 1892, after the death of Bishop Thomas, his wife Mary Thomas donated his library to the diocese. This collection was subsequently donated to St Mark's Anglican National Memorial Library.

The collection was then enriched by Bishop Burgmann's library, and items from the personal libraries of Bishops Barlow, Chalmers, Chynoweth and Garnsey and Archdeacon Murchison.

Prominent Australians have also contributed to this collection.

The Rare Books Collection includes books:
Published in Australia pre-1850; published in other countries and languages pre-1800; editions limited to 50 copies; of special interest; fine binding; end papers; subject or authors of particular interest to the geographical area of the diocese; gifts by visiting VIPs to Australian Prime Ministers.

Finger bible

Of particular Interest:

  • Common Prayer Book, Glove Edition (To be carried in the finger of a lady's glove)
  • Mite Bible.
  • The Breeches Bible, published 1607.
  • The Treacle Bible, published 1572.
  • A curious Hieroglyphic Bible.
  • Our oldest rare book  is "Provinciale sen constitutiones Anglie cum sumariis" by William Lyndewode published in Paris in 1501.