This month, Women’s History Month, I have been looking into what resources are available if you want to find out more about Australian history from a women’s history point of view.
One resource to remember is People Australia. This contains stand-alone biographies. It also searches (and will show results for) all of the National Centre of Biography’s biographical websites Australian Dictionary of Biography, Obituaries Australia, Women Australia, Indigenous Australia and Labour Australia.
The National Centre of Biography recommends that you start your search with People Australia as it will search all the biographical websites. If you search on one of the other biographical websites, for example the Australian Dictionary of Biography, it will only search within its own database.
History, this time its personal! explained how you can use the faceted browse in these biographical websites to unearth some different Australian history perspectives. This function is also useful to survey particular groups, such as women, included in the biographical websites.
As covered in History, where are the women? gender imbalance is an issue with these biographical websites. The National Centre of Biography is planning to address this by expanding the Australian Dictionary of Biography with 1,500 entries covering women of Colonial Australia. The first step for this work is compiling a list of possible candidates for inclusion. If you have a nomination for this list you can provide it to the National Centre of Biography advisory group for consideration. Read here if this is of interest.
Do you have a nomination for the Australian Dictionary of Biography? Do you know of a woman who lived in colonial Australia who should be documented in the Australian Dictionary of Biography? It would be great if you had a nomination in Women’s History Month.