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  Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885
Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-85

Our Price: AU$99.50 Inc GST
Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (6 vols, 3027 pages)
Author: SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society
Year: (1986, 1990) 2007
ISBN: 9781921175039

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Product Code: AU5044

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The South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, decided in 1980 to publish a permanent record of people who lived in South Australia during the first 50 years of colonisation (1836-1885) to coincide with the State’s Jubilee 150 year - 1986.

The result was the 4 volume set - Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 edited by Jill Statton. A further 4 years of work resulted in the publication in 1990 of 2 more volumes of biographical information - as South Australians 1836-1885, edited by Jan Thomas. Both have been long out of print and now command high prices if they ever come onto the second hand market.

Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2005 in association with the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society as a 2 CD set which included all six volumes. These have now been remastered and re-released, and include better searching capability - and is now released as a single (with all the same information that was on both CDs previously). This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

The CD-ROM advantage

This CD-ROM edition not only makes this vast body of information readily available again, but enhances it with its full text searching. Now you can:

  • find many more names that can be found in the original alphabetical arrangement or printed index - especially the mother's maiden names and married names of daughters. For example there are 74 biographies of people with the surname "Dawson" in the 2 sets, but a search for that name returns 294 occurrences.
  • search by place and find all people associated with that place— a great local history resource. For example a search for "Gawler" returns 4682 occurrences. No index to places is in the original.
  • search for places of origin—how many and who are listed as coming from say Norfolk or Truro in Cornwall? For example a search for Truro (Cornwall) returns 137 occurrences. No index to places of origin is in the original.
  • find out who else is listed as coming on your ancestor's ship (same or another voyage)—just search by name of vessel. For example a search for the Ship Trafalgar returns 347 occurrences. No index to ships is in the original.
  • search by any other word for any other purpose of interest, e.g.
    - occupation—how many are listed as solicitors (a search gives 205)?
    - religion—all those identified as say Presbyterians (a search gives 2682)
  • enlarge the image on screen to easily read what is very small type in the original.

About the Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885

This major project involved over 2000 volunteers and 100,000 working hours in collecting, collation, checking and storing on computer approximately 100,000 entries.

Gaining the information was a huge task. Apart from Society members, the material came from individuals, archives and public records such as church registers, ships’ passenger lists, and burial records; private papers which include, wills, family bibles, birthday books, and letters of administrations. Nothing of this magnitude had ever been attempted in South Australian before (or since).

It was originally published in 1986 as a four volume reference set totaling 1958 pages of closely typeset information, alphabetically indexes, of single women and adult males with associated family details and maiden names cross reference – an invaluable contribution to the preservation of the State’s history.

Entries record basic biographical information about an individual such as parents, spouse and children, birth date, marriage date, death date and place, arrival in South Australia (including ship if known), plus residence, religion, occupation and more.

A complete entry could contain the following detail (with example data):

  • entry name: "HEWETT Henry Grigg
  • par: Henry and Frances, Matilda Eliz nee, BACCHUS
  • b: bapt.14.1.1816 Portsea, HAM ENG
  • d: 16.1.1850 Nth Adelaide SA
  • bd: WTC
  • arr: 1836 BUFFALO
  • occ: Mason, Clerk of Police Court
  • res: Nth Adelaide
  • rel: C/E
  • m: 30.11.1837 Adelaide SA
  • spouse: Mercy nee ABBOTT
  • par: Giles and Hannah nee FROST
  • b: c1817 NTH ENG
  • d: 4.4.1861 Pt Elliot SA
  • bd:
  • other:
  • Ch: Hannah Frances (1838-1857). Henry Giles (1839-1840). Priscilla Myra (1840-1861). Danl John (1842-1924), Wm Alfred (1844-1922) Martha Louisa Mary, TUCKEY (1846-1882), Emily Matilda (1849-1850) "

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About South Australians 1836-1885

Published as a two volume set of 1069 pages in 1990, this contains over 7500 biographies of early South Australians submitted by more than 1500 contributors. This set offers you:

  • Over 7500 biographies of South Australian colonists. These listings concentrate on the male line with a detailed index of maiden or former surnames of spouses
  • All the material included in the previous issued ‘Bicentennial Bulletins 1-8’ with updates, additional information added to a significant number of entries.
  • New avenues of research as each entry lists the sources from which the data has been obtained and includes the name of the contributors, to enable contacts to be made.
  • Additional information which complements that published in the ‘Biographical Index of South Australians’

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About the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society

The South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, publisher of the original 6 volumes, is the major centre for:

  • South Australian resources for genealogical research
  • Worldwide resources for South Australians

All researchers with South Australian interests or South Australians with wider interests are encouraged to join the society and visit their library. Check their web site for further information -

System Requirements
  • Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
  • Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text
Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-188 January 15, 2016
Reviewer: Lynda Lapthorne  
Information provided on this cd should be used as a hint only, and all information should be backed up with formal records. I spent two years chasing after a G T Rigbye, a captain, in this collection, that didn't exist. It turned out it was in fact J T Rigbye, and not a Captain at all!! I have also found other mixed up research on this cd. Needs to be rewritten!

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
South Australia - Personal data December 15, 2009
Reviewer: Elaine Palmer from Croydon South, Vic Australia  
This cd is well worth the price. The amount of information available is incredible and includes Religion, date of arrival in South Australia plus the name of the ship, names of parents and children, occupation, name of spouse and his/her parents plus date of death. It covers ordinary people, not just those considered to be important. Great source of searchable information for genealogy. Full range of pdf tools available for copying entries into genealogy programs. It has inexplicably missed some people who I know would have been present during the date range but definitely provides a valuable resource for researchers.

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