Dictionary of Australian Biography - EBOOK

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File format: PDF file - 29MB (1046 pages)
Author: P. Searle
Year: (1949) 2009
ISBN: 9781742224732
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

The 'Dictionary of Australian Biography', by Percival Serle in 1949 includes 1030 concise biographies of Australians. These were men and women closely connected with Australia, and who died before the end of 1942.

The average length of each biography is about 640 words, and they can be roughly classified into the following twelve groups:
 - Army and Navy
 - Artists, including architects, actors, and musicians
 - Governors and administrators
 - Lawyers
 - Literary men and women
 - Notorieties
 - Pioneers, explorers, pastoralists, men of business
 - Politicians
 - Scholars, philosophers, clergymen
 - Scientists, including physicians, surgeons, and engineers
 - Social reformers, philanthropists, educationists
 - Sporting men (cricketers and athletes)

This product contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original books, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

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2 Reviews
  • Well-researched and Balanced

    Posted by Ross Hansen on 2nd Feb 2021

    Most dictionaries of biography I have seen include the usual ‘famous’ people - political leaders, military leaders and maybe a few infamous people on the wrong side of the law. In this wonderful eBook of over 1000 pages and published in 1949, the author includes scientists, actors, artists and writers. Not all were born in Australia but most achieved their worthiness to be included in this collection while living in Australia. It provides good reason to be proud of our forebears and I’ll be delving into this work for years to come.

  • Something for the history buffs

    Posted by michelle borserio on 30th Sep 2020

    This is a brilliant book.
    SO many references to so many people.
    It is very easy to use as a reference guide and you never know who you might find you are related to.
    Even if you are not and you want an insight to people of Australian notoriety, you will find this a very interesting book to catch up on your Australian history of people.
    Well worth the read.

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