Nearly 1.6 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 2019: NSW Court records, Qld deaths, Vic convicts & more. BDA now has immigrants to NSW/Vic assisted/bounty 1832-1851, most convicts to NSW/Qld/Vic 1788-1840s, most Tasmanian colonists 1803-c1827, Norfolk Island 1792-1813, the only full online transcript of UNESCO nominated NSW 1828 census, NSW muster/BDM records 1788-1830s+, all soldiers stationed in Australia 1788-1831, 160,000 Colonial Secretary records + 31,000 full text biographies, 10,000 Sydney burials & inscriptions 1819-1901 featured in the Dead Central exhibition at State Library of NSW Search the indexes FREE.
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View a sample biography to see an accurate level of detail for each.

A non-profit project.

  • July 2019 - Latest updates:
    14 NEW datasets, 287,000 records. Total now online nearly 2 million.
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    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: advanced & keyword search functions and user contributions.