Martha Archdall (right), with her daughter

Martha Archdall (right), with her daughter

Anglican Deaconess Ministries was started in 1891 by Martha Archdall, and her husband Rev. Mervyn Archdal because they wanted to see Christian women being active in public life.

Martha and Mervyn went on to start a school in Balmain. We used the funds raised from school fees to buy land, on which we later built hospitals. 

Martha gathered people into her drawing room in the City of Sydney, and built community through and around the work she did.

We understand that Christian women on a mission today still need that home base and community that will launch them back out into the world, as they serve Jesus. 

We provide that space at ADM, in the heart of the City of Sydney, without charge to you. Because we’re for you. 

There’s a wonderful reading room for co-working, a drawing room for informal meetings, and a shared kitchen table for lunchtime chats (not to mention the great wifi and a well-stocked kitchen cupboard). 

We offer one-day trial passes on the day at our Reception, where you can apply for a seasonal pass if you’d like to make this your home base and have access to other facilities, such as our Board Room. 



Throughout the year, we also offer ENGAGE - a curated program of professional development opportunities for Christian women. Details of upcoming events and masterclasses are available on our website, including ticket costs.

Anglican Deaconess Ministries
Lvl 1, 464-480 Kent St
NSW 2000
We’re right behind St Andrew’s Cathedral, next to Town Hall.

Reception phone:  1300 896 530

Email us at if you have any questions, or to book your one-day trial pass.