Australian Dictionary of Biography

Australian Dictionary of Biography

The "Australian Dictionary of Biography" (ADB or AuDB) is a multi-volume project published by Melbourne University Press.

The ADB project has been operating since 1957 with staff located at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Since its inception, 4000 authors have contributed to the ADB and its published volumes contain 9,800 scholarly articles on 10,700 individuals. [ [ About the Australian Dictionary of Biography] ]


To date, the ADB has produced eighteen volumes of biographical articles on important and representative figures in Australian history.

* Volumes 1 and 2 (published in 1966-67) covered subjects who lived in the period 1788-1850
* Volumes 3 to 6 (published in 1969-76) dealt with the period 1851-1890
* Volumes 7 to 12 (published in 1979-90) dealt the period 1891-1939
* Volumes 13 to 16 (published in 1993-2002) dealt the period 1940-1980
* Volumes 17 (published in 2007) dealt with the those who died between 1981 and 1990 with surnames beginning with A to K.
* Volume 18 will cover people who died between 1981 and 1990 with surnames beginning with L to Z.
* A Supplementary volume of Australians not covered by the original volumes was released in 2005.
* An index to volumes 1 to 12 was published in 1991.

In addition to publishing these works, the ADB makes its primary research material available to the academic community and the public.


On 6 July 2006, the [ Australian Dictionary of Biography Online] was launched by Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of Australia and received a Manning Clark National Cultural Award in December 2006. [ [ Launch of Online Edition of the ADB] ] The ADB Online was developed by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, based at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Australian National University.

The ADB project should not be confused with the much smaller and older "Dictionary of Australian Biography" by Percival Serle first published in 1949, nor with the even older German Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie which is also referred to as ADB in English sources [] , while its younger Australian counterpart is abbreviated to AuDB. [Frank A. J. L. James: The Correspondence of Michael Faraday, 1991, ISBN 0863412513 [] ]


External links

* [ Australian Dictionary of Biography Online]
* [ ANU Homepage of the ADB project]
* [ Research School of Social Sciences]

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