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 2018: NSW Bench of Magistrates index 1788-1820, 12700 people from the Australian Dictionary of Biography 1788-1850 (all states), more NSW parish registers, new Norfolk Is/Tas records, NSW convict indents complete to 1842, details of 57th & 63rd regiments all states 1825-1833. The database now includes most Tasmanian colonists 1803-c1827, Norfolk Island 1792-1813, immigrants to NSW unassisted 1842-1857, assisted 1832-1837, convict, muster, census, baptism, marriage & burial records for NSW 1788-1831+, First Fleet 1788, 160,000 Colonial Secretary records + 24,000 full text biographies, 7,000 contributed biographies, 10,000 Sydney burials & inscriptions 1819-1901 & more. Search the indexes FREE.

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.

A non-profit project.

  • July 2018 - Latest updates:
    Nearly 1.6 million records now online.
    New Datasets released 15 July 2018. See New Release Details
    More datasets coming.
  • 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, assisted immigrants to NSW 1838-1842 and user contributions.