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1. FreeAlphabetic list of convict ships

Convict Connections: A list of convict ships sent to the Australian colonies, including arrival date, the port they departed from and their destination.

2. LicencedAmerican National Biography

Oxford University Press: American National Biography is a fully searchable resource offering portraits of more than 18,000 men and women, from all eras and walks of life, who have made an impact on the American nation. Biographical entries include illustrations, hyperlinked cross-references and links to select Web sites. The database is updated quarterly and is the online version of the print resource, "American National Biography". Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.

3. FreeAustralian Dictionary of Biography Online

Australian National University: The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. It contains concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history. The biographical articles are those found in the printed work which is available in the Main Reading Room at the National Library at RF 920.094 AUS.

4. FreeAustralian Medical Pioneers Index

: A database of over 3,000 pioneer doctors, from the 1700s through to 1875. The site covers Australian medical history, with a database of medical pioneers and educational background material. Includesdoctors who were registered or qualified in Australia, were resident in Australia, or visited here in a professional capacity, before 1875. Ships' surgeons, convict doctors, general practitioners and medical specialists are included.

5. FreeAustralian & New Zealand American Civil War Veterans

Paul Camp, Steve Wolf and Jim Gray: This website is a dedication to the Australian Union and Confederate Veterans of the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865. It has been created from numerous sources, government documents, research libraries and hundreds of pieces of information emailed in, and donated, by individuals from all over Australia and the United States. It includes work by individuals in both the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Sons of Union Veterans, the American Civil War Round Table of Queensland, the American Civil War Round Table of Australia, the late Roy Parker and others.

6. FreeAustralian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (Austehc)

University of Melbourne, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre: Provides access to authoritative information resources dealing with the history and heritage of science, technology and medicine, primarily with an Australian focus. Resources include Bright Sparcs (a biographical database of scientists), the Australian Science at Work Register and the online version of the publication Technology in Australia 1788-1988. It also provides access to finding aids to archival collections of Australian scientists and scientific organisations.

7. FreeAustralian War Memorial

: The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive documentary archive. Its purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society. Information available from the Memorial includes nominal rolls of Australians in various conflicts, biographical information, Red Cross files, embarkation rolls, official histories of Australia at war, and an encyclopaedia.

8. FreeAustralian Women's Register

National Foundation for Australian Women: Contains biographical data about Australian women and their organisations, with hyper-links to the archival repositories and libraries where their records are held and to other sources of information. Women and women's organisations are listed alphabetically. Searching is also available by functional classification.

9. LicencedBaker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990

Gale Cengage Learning: This biographical reference includes more than 550 entries focusing on artists active from 1990-2003. Individual artists and groups in all popular styles are covered, including those in rock, rhythm and blues, rap, country, electronica, jazz, vocal and crossover classical. Features include select discographies, bibliographies, a glossary of music terms, a table of best-selling music since 1990 and more. This online book is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Also available in print (2001 edition) at RFq 780.922 B167-10 in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection.

10. LicencedComplete Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Gale Cengage Learning: Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, the Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented, and entries cover scientists, engineers, inventors and mathematicians.

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Our subject guides

"Biography; research guide"

A guide to researching biography at the National LIbrary of Australia. Includes resources available for research both Australian and overseas people.

"Australian Joint Copying Project"

The Australian Joint Copying Project or AJCP is a collection of historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984. The material has been drawn from records held in the United Kingdom and microfilmed. This guide contains descriptions of the contents of the AJCP handbooks, the material contained in the AJCP,and the related microfilm reel/s,

"Indian emigration passes to Fiji 1879-1919"

A description of the microfilm collection held at the National Library of Australia containing the records of those Indians who went to Fiji as indentured labourers.