Colonial Women in the ADB

Colonial Women in the ADB

Women account for only 4 percent entries of people in the Australian Dictionary of Biography who 'flouished' during the colonial period.

To improve the gender balance 1500 new entries will be added to the ADB about women who flourished during the colonial period.

An advisory sub-committee of the ADB Editorial Board headed by the General Editor Professor Melanie Nolan has been formed to lead the project. Professor Joy Damousi, Dr Carolyn Rasmussen and Professor Pat Grimshaw are also on the committee.

As a first step the group is compiling a list of possible candidates for inclusion. They welcome your nominations.

Women must have lived their 'productive' years in the colonial period to qualify for inclusion in the project though they can have died in the 1900s.

* If nominating a woman/women you can simply fill in our template and send it to us or send us a Word document with the woman/women's name/s; year and date of birth and death or approximate dates; reasons for nomination; and any sources that you are aware of for your subject.

Please send your list of nominations to

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