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.
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]".
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 http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&classmark=994+D3aL&columns=*,0,0 1906, 1912, 1922, 1927, 1935, 1955[dead link].
- The Dictionary of Famous Australians. Ann Atkinson, author. 2nd ed. St. Leonards, Australia : Allen & Unwin, c1995. (FHL book 994 D36a 1995.)
Family History Library
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.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition.