Lutheran Archives Film Digitisation Appeal


In 2014, Lutheran Archives engaged a professional conservator to conduct a Preservation Needs Assessment of our collection. When our acetate films were assessed, she reported:

The acetate film collection is in an advanced stage of deterioration and requires immediate digitisation. The reformatting of this material is the highest priority for the collection.

Each film costs $350 to digitise, including ongoing preservation. To digitise the collection costs $60,000. For the most fragile of films, the life-span available for digitisation is months. We cannot do this alone.

To partner with us, please donate by clicking on this link.



Would you like to browse our film collection now? We're sure you'll find a film that's close to your heart. You can choose to save that one, and you can even dedicate your donation in memory of a loved one.

Each film costs $350 to save. You can contribute the full amount if you wish, or part of that amount. You can save more than one film. Or you can make a general donation towards the project. The entire project will cost $60,000.

If you need some inspiration, read about Lou Borgelt. This is an incredible story of how God has sprouted a mission seed into a great harvest.

The Archives preserves objects and records because they enable us to tell the stories of God’s love coming to life through his church, and the stories of his grace.

Preserving these stories means nourishment and the ability to feast on the fruits of our labours, taking heart from the seeds God has watered in our ministries through times past. By partnering with us to digitise these films, you are ensuring there is a harvest of stories for our children and our grandchildren, and you are continuing to grow this orchard of stories.

Our film collection contains 140 films requiring immediate digitisation.

  • They are the stories of congregations, departments and individuals across Australia and New Zealand.
  • They are the stories of mission in New Guinea, Central Australia, Koonibba and Hope Vale.
  • They are the stories of mission outreach through openings of girls hostels in Queensland and South Australia.
  • They are the stories of the formation of the LCA, including footage of the Declaration of Altar and Pulpit Fellowship service in 1965 and the opening of North Adelaide Seminary in 1968 – the thanksgiving project for LCA union.

These are your stories, our stories. These are the stories that make our church alive, showing how we live God’s love. What a bountiful harvest of stories! Please help us to keep them alive.

More information

If we haven't explained ourselves properly, or if you'd like to know more about partnering with this us on this project, please call us or write to us. We'd love to chat with you.

Rachel Kuchel (Archivist) or Janette Lange (Assistant Archivist)

Lutheran Archives
27 Fourth Street, Bowden SA 5007
Phone 08 8340 4009