Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 (4 Vol Set)

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 2012 pages
Author: SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society
Year: 1986
Other: 4 vols
Publisher: SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society

It's not often that you come across a set of the Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885, the original hardcover, 4 volume set. They are like hens teeth, as those that have a set, won't part with them, so it's very unique for us to be able to offer it.

The Biographical Index of South Australian is undoubtedly one of the key resources for historians to consult when researching those in South Australia prior to 1885. It came about as as result of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society deciding 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". A further 4 years of work resulted in the publication in 1990 of 2 more volumes of extra biographical information. This was released as "South Australians 1836-1885". Both have been long out of print and now command high prices if they ever come onto the second hand market.

Nothing of this magnitude had ever been attempted in South Australia before (or since), and when you think that the BISA alone has over 100,000 entries, with the South Australians adding an extra 7500 entries, it's not surprising. 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.

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) "

Please note: this set is secondhand, but it is in good condition.  

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Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 (4 Vol Set)


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