Biographical Database of Australia

News and Features

 

BDA 4th release 17 December 2016, 8 NEW datasets, 250,000 new records – now online

17 December 2016

 

New Datasets just added:

 

39th Regiment pay lists 1826-1833 (NSW, including Moreton Bay).

Royal Veteran Company Pay Lists NSW 1810-1814.

Convict Certificates of Freedom NSW 1823-1869.

Convict Tickets of Leave NSW 1849-1875.

Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Port Phillip & Moreton Bay 1839-1896 giving details of 191,934 immigrants to Sydney and Newcastle (1844-1896), Moreton Bay Qld (1844-1896) & Port Phillip, Vic (1839-1851). The arrivals included 978 children aged under six. An additional 2,132 passengers died on the voyages (580 infants and the oldest aged 76).

General Post Office – Unclaimed Letters NSW 1836-1852.

Camperdown C of E Cemetery (Sydney NSW) Interment Register 1849-1853.

Railway Passes NSW 1880-1892.

 

Consult these under the Sources Tab for full details.

 

 

BDA Newsletter No 1 – The Biographical Telegraph – now online

18 September 2016

 

On 14 March 2016 Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) celebrated its 10th birthday as a non-profit organisation run by volunteers aiming to create an online database of deceased Australians linked to form biographical profiles.

This is the first issue of The Biographical Telegraph which will provide regular updates on BDA as it continues to expand.

 

Read the Biographical Telegraph No 1

 

 

BDA 3rd release 20 February 2016, 11 NEW datasets, 1 million records – now online

20 February 2016

 

New Datasets just added:

 

Land & Stock returns taken with the 1828 Census – naming owners & tenants.
A small number of Births & Deaths recorded in Norfolk Island and Sydney Hospital 1802, 1803 & 1811.
Camperdown Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions – about a quarter of the cemetery.
Dictionary of Australian Biography by P Serle 1949. Full text of all biographies, fully cross indexed.
Land Grants NSW 1788-1809
University Graduates in Australian Universities 1856-1900 giving degrees.
Military:
– 3rd Regiment (Buffs)
– 40th Regiment
– 46th Regiment
– 48th Regiment
– NSW Corps Casualty List

Consult these under the Sources Tab for full details.

 


BDA 2nd release: 20 new Datasets, 400,000 new records – now online

23 February 2015

 

Biographical Database of Australia (BDA) has almost doubled in size with its first big update, adding 400,000 records – now online.

A legacy of Australia’s penal colonies and immigration schemes is a genealogical and historical treasure trove of archival and biographical records. They are being transcribed and linked to create the BDA, made up of biographical profiles of deceased persons born in Australia or who arrived as convicts or immigrants, a unique resource for historians and genealogists.

Twenty new datasets from all states containing 400,000 additional entries from manuscript and published biographical sources and are now online, bringing the total of online records to 900,000. For a full list of new Datasets Read more.

 

 


 

BDA – 2nd release: 18 new Datasets, 400,000 new records

19 September 2014

 

Sydney Cove by Thomas Watling 1794 : courtesy Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales.

Sydney Cove by Thomas Watling 1794 : courtesy Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales.

A legacy of Australia’s penal colonies and immigration schemes is a genealogical and historical treasure trove of archival and biographical records. They are being progressively transcribed and linked to create the Biographical Database of Australia (BDA), made up of biographical profiles of deceased persons born in Australia or who arrived as convicts or immigrants.

 

To mark its first anniversary BDA will soon be uploading 18 new datasets containing 400,000 records from all states, pushing the total number of BDA records above 900,000. They include tens of thousands of published biographies (10,000 from Victoria), new convict and passenger records, NSW inquests and Hawkesbury district ration books, clergy records, Sydney burials (1819-1901), 73rd Regiment (1809-1814 NSW/TAS/NI) and 160,000 Colonial Secretary letters.  Read more

 


 

Biographical Database of Australia launched

13 September 2013

 

BDA_Launch

L-R : Keith Johnson, Dr Carol Liston, Malcolm Sainty and Michael Flynn

On Sunday, 8 September 2013 the Biographical Database of Australia was launched at the Royal Australia Historical Society, Macquarie Street, Sydney, by Dr Carol Liston, Associate Professor of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. She said the project would prove to be a boon for both historians and genealogists. The not-for-profit database is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists, historians and contractors. The project is the brainchild of Keith Johnson and Malcolm Sainty, founders of the Library of Australia History, publisher of the 1828 Census of NSW more than 30 years ago. Read more