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A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you can read about a person's life. You may find an individual’s birth, marriage, and death information, and perhaps the names of the individual’s parents, children, or other family members.
Individual Biographies[edit | edit source]
Often these collective biographies only include biographies of prominent citizens of Australia. Others feature biographies of specific groups of people, such as Aborigines.If a biography exists for one of your ancestors, you may be able to find a reference to it on the Internet. Search for "[family name] [name of locality]".
Biography Collections[edit | edit source]
Some biographies have been gathered and published in a group. These are sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or biographical dictionaries. Significant biographical encyclopedias include the following.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition.
- Australian dictionary of biography. Douglas Pike, et.al., ed. 16 vol. Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Press, 1966-2005. (FHL book 994 D36a.)
- Who's who in Australia - 1997. Melbourne, Victoria : Information Australia, 1906-. (FHL book 994 D3aL. The FHL also has editions 1906, 1912, 1922, 1927, 1935, 1955.
- The Dictionary of Famous Australians. Ann Atkinson, author. 2nd ed. St. Leonards, Australia : Allen & Unwin, c1995. (FHL book 994 D36a 1995.)
Family History Library[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library does not generally collect individual biographies, but they do have some collections. To find these, use the Place Search in the catalog under:
Additional biographies may be located by adding the name of the state and or town to your search.
AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - BIOGRAPHY
AUSTRALIA, [STATE], [TOWN] - BIOGRAPHY
Australian encyclopedias may contain biographies. For more information, read the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries article.
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- Who’s Who in Australia, 1921-1950, ($), index and images.
- Johns Notable Australians, ($), index.
- Biographical Database of Australia
- First Families of Australia
Biographical Reference[edit | edit source]
- Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition.