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History and biography


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Teaching Australian history

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Biographical information

There are a range of sources available with biographical information of Aboriginal individuals. 


  • Is the person known by other names? Eg, Mick Dodson, Michael Dodson
  • Could a resource on a particular community/topic contain a section on the individual, e.g. "Point Pearce"?
  • Are there multiple people with the same name? If so, try combining their name with other terms eg, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Australia or with their profession or achievements.

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The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography and features concise and informative descriptions of the lives of significant persons in Australian history. 

Find biographical information for individuals deceased during or prior to the 1980s, including:

  • Gladys Elphick
  • William (Bill) Ferguson
  • Pearl (Gambanyi) Gibbs
  • Herbert (Bert) Groves
  • Albert (Elea) Namatjira
  • David Unaipon
  • Dhakiyaar Wirrpanda

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