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Research projects

As well as producing the Australian Dictionary of Biography and its companion websites, Obituaries Australia and People Australia, staff at the National Centre of Biography are currently involved in a number of research projects.

First Three Fleets and Their Families is examining how those, who survived the hazardous journey to New South Wales in 1787-1791, 'remade' their lives in the infant colony. We are also investigating how their children and grandchildren fared over the succeeding generations.

Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography is an ARC-funded collaboration with Dr Shino Kinoshi (University of Western Australia). The ultimate aim is to publish a supplementary volume of the Australian Dictionary of Biography comprising biographies of 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Colonial Women in the Australian Dictionary of Biography will add 1500 new entries on women who flourished in the colonial period to the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Women currently account for only 4 per cent of entries for the colonial period.

Updated: 4 April 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Director, NCB / Page Contact:  Web Publisher