Nearly a million names in the database so far.

Biographical Database of Australia

  • BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.
  • New in 2016: details of all soldiers stationed in Australia 1788-1829, all Australian university graduates 1856-1900, NSW land grants 1792-1809, landholders 1828 & Serle’s 1949 Dictionary of Australian Biography. BDA now contains most convict, muster, census, baptism, marriage & burial records for NSW 1788-1828+, Norfolk Island & Tasmania 1802-1811, First Fleet 1788, 160,000 Colonial Secretary records & immigrant and convict records 1829-1848, tickets of leave + full text short biographies of 24,000+ residents & clergy of most states 1878-1907, 7,000 contributed biographies, 10,000 Sydney burials & inscriptions 1819-1901 & more. Search the indexes FREE.

View a sample biography to see an accurate level of detail for each.

A non-profit project.

  • December 2016 - Latest updates:
    1,250,000 records now online.
    New Datasets released December 2016. See New Release Details
    More datasets coming early 2017.

    View the first edition of the Biographical Telegraph Newsletter. See here
  • Records of life events are linked to create a Biographical Report. From one report, subscribers can hyperlink to another biography, to spouses, parents, children, witnesses, employers, employees and so on, through the entire database. See Sample.
  • Future stages of BDA will add data from all states and territories, expanding from early records towards the present, including Aboriginal people, convicts and immigrants of all nations. Coming soon: advanced & keyword search functions. User contributed data will be accepted after editorial checking See Help us.