Australian Dictionary of Biography

Australian biographical dictionary

The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB or AuDB) is an Australian national co-operative enterprise of authentic biographical articles of Australia's history founded and maintained by Australian National University.[1]

Australian Dictionary of Biography
SubjectBiographies of notable Australians
PublishedCarlton, Victoria
PublisherMelbourne University Press
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Media typeHard copy

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The ADB project has been operating since 1957. Staff are located at the National Centre of Biography in the History Department of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Since its inception, 4,000 authors have contributed to the ADB and its published volumes contain 9,800 scholarly articles on 12,000 individuals. 210 of these are of Indigenous Australians, which has been explained by Bill Stanner's "cult of forgetfulness" theory around the contributions of Indigenous Australians to Australian society.[2]

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