More than 2.2 million names in the database so far.

Biographical Database of Australia

  • BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts & indexes of original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived, or were born in, Australia. Advanced search function now available.
  • New in 2021: Convicts in 1840s Victoria, 21st Regiment soldier profiles 1833-1840 many in WA and TAS, convict deaths 1828-1879 & permissions to marry 1826-1851 (NSW, Norfolk Is & early Vic & QLD), 1830s notices re escaped convicts, Sydney City burials 1832-1856, Coroners Inquests 1834-1859 (NSW + some QLD & VIC), Criminal Court records 1788-1833 (NSW + some TAS, QLD & Norfolk Is), NSW probate Index 1790-1876 (also early TAS, QLD & VIC), 17,000 people leaving Sydney by ship 1816-1825, Sydney Gazette index 1803-1807, UK Colonial Office NSW Deane Index.
  • 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 1788-1840, Norfolk Is records 1788-1855, 160,000 Colonial Secretary records + 31,000 full text biographies, 10,000 Sydney burials & inscriptions 1819-1901.
  • View a sample biography to see an accurate level of detail for each.

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

BDA : A non-profit project.

  • July 2021 : Latest updates:
    13 NEW datasets, 124,285 new records.
    Total now online 2.2 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.