More than 2 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 original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in, or were born in, Australia.
  • New in 2020: Baptisms Goulburn & Wollongong 1833+, many new Norfolk Island records 1802-1855, database of 14,000 convicts & others sent to & from penal settlements, gaols & courts NSW, Norfolk Is, Vic, Qld 1828-50, Australians in the 1849 CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH, 2000 new 1830s soldier profiles including MELBOURNE’S 1ST GARRISON 1836.
  • BDA now has extensive NSW Court records, immigrants to NSW/Vic assisted/bounty 1832-1851, most convicts to NSW/Qld/Vic 1788-1840s, most Tasmanian colonists 1803-c1827, the only full online transcript of UNESCO nominated NSW 1828 census, NSW muster/BDM records 1788-1830s+, most soldiers stationed in Australia 1788-1837, 160,000 Colonial Secretary records + 31,000 full text biographies, 10,000 Sydney burials & inscriptions 1819-1901.
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View a sample biography to see an accurate level of detail for each.

BDA : A non-profit project.

  • Nov 2020 : BDA is proud to announce that Advanced Search is now released. Search now
  • January 2020 - Latest updates:
    16 NEW datasets, 117,000 new records. Total now online over 2 million.
    See New Release Details
    More datasets in the pipeline.
  • BDA links records of life events 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 more data from all states and territories, expanding from early records towards the present, including Aboriginal people, convicts and immigrants of all nations. Coming soon: User contributions and corrections function.
  • Cultural advice: BDA contains text quoted from historical published and manuscript sources which may contain terms or reflect views that were acceptable in some Australian or colonial cultural contexts at the time they were written down, but may no longer be considered appropriate and do not reflect the views of the Biographical Database of Australia.
    BDA is committed to acknowledgement of and reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia.