Biographical Database of Australia

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BDA 6th release 15 July 2018, 11 NEW datasets, nearly 1,6000,000 records now online

NEWS FLASH: 15 July 2018

Highlights are:

 

  • Court records for 5,000 people, NSW Bench of Magistrates 1788-1820
  • Details of 12,700 people in the Australian Dictionary of Biography 1788-1850 (all states)
  • More NSW parish registers, new Norfolk Island & Tasmanian records 1788-1831
  • NSW convict indents complete to 1842
  • Biographical details of 57th & 63rd regiments NSW, TAS, QLD, NT, WA 1825-1833

 

Search or subscribe today (still only $30pa) to explore these NEW datasets just added:

 

Convict Indents (ship musters) NSW: 1830, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842

 

NSW Church Registers: 1824-1888: Sydney, Parramatta, Windsor, Richmond, Liverpool, Castlereagh

 

Australian Dictionary of Biography 1788-1850: indexed details of 12,700 people from all states

 

Court records for 5,000 people, NSW Bench of Magistrates 1788-1820 from State Records NSW

 

Biographical details for 57th Regiment 1825-1832, colonial garrison 1825-1832 NSW, TAS, QLD, NT, WA

 

Biographical details for 63rd Regiment 1830-1833, colonial garrison 1830-1833 NSW, TAS, QLD, NT, WA
 

Norfolk Island Residents 1788-1814: Reg Wright’s biographical database
 

Biographical index to Stamp sellers NSW 1862-1875, many of them local shopkeepers:

 

Tasmania, Land and stock musters 1803-1804, 1807, 1809: transcripts by Garry Wilson

 

Tasmania: Passengers departing the colony 1817: transcript by Garry Wilson

 

Tasmania: Permissions to marry-1829-1831: transcripts by Garry Wilson

 

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Search or subscribe today (still only $30pa) to see these NEW datasets just added:

 

 

 

BDA 5th release 6 December 2017, 10 NEW datasets, 250,000+ new records, 1,5000,000+ now online

NEWS FLASH: 6 December 2017

 

Many new records from TASMANIA and NORFOLK ISLAND

More CONVICT IMMIGRANT & PARISH REGISTER RECORDS NSW

 

Search or subscribe today (still only $30pa) to see these NEW datasets just added:

 

Convict Indents / ship musters NSW: 1829, 1832, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1837 & 1838.

 

Church Register transcripts: Campbelltown, Castlereagh, Queanbeyan Sydney.

 

Convicts & Employers 1828-1844: assigned convicts, employers & runaways.

 

Norfolk Island Victualling Book 1792-1796: all civilian & military residents of the island, published online for the first time, including many children of 1st, 2nd & 3rd Fleeters.

 

Tasmanian Database 1803-1827: A compilation of records by the late Garry Wilson, biographical profiles of free and convict colonial Tasmanians (42,000 entries).

 

Tasmanian Muster of Children 1827: Returns listing 1403 children (974 in the Hobart district, 429 in the Port Dalrymple district), gives details of children and character of parent.

 

Tasmanian Musters 1814-1822: Transcripts by the late Garry Wilson of Tasmanian musters for the years 1814, 1818, 1819, 1820, 1822 The 1814 general muster and 1818 convict muster are archival estrays held in Sydney and have not previously been published in hard copy or online.

 

Tasmanian Victualling Book 1803-1804 (original source): A transcript of the 1803-1804 victualling list recording all colonists in the settlements at Port Phillip Bay (Sorrento, Victoria) and the Derwent (Hobart, Tasmania) up to 1 January 1805.

 

Tasmanian Victualling Book 1803-1804: analysis by Garry Wilson: biographical profiles of the 1803-04 settlers linked to later Tasmanian records.

 

Unassisted Immigrants to Sydney NSW 1842-1857: 190,000 entries.

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Consult these under the Sources Tab for full details.

 

 


 

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