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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.

  • 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:

AUSTRALIA - BIOGRAPHY

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]

Biographical Reference[edit | edit source]

  • Australasian biographical archive (ANZO-BA) : a one-alphabet cumulation of 181 English-language biographical reference works originally published between 1800 and 1980. Victor Herrero, ed. Mediavilla Munich, Germany : Sauer, 1993-1995. (FHL book 994 D32m; fiche 6140737-6140787.)