Recovered Lives

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Australian Dictionary of Biography has teamed up with Inside Story and the Canberra Times to publish the obituaries of twenty-eight Australian women who have been previously been overlooked. These include women like Julia Moore, one of the first women allowing into Australia’s diplomatic service in 1943, and Jessie ‘Chubbie’ Miller, an international record-setting aviatrix. You can read more about these remarkable women on the Inside Story website.

Alongside this project, the ADB is calling for nominations for its colonial women project. Founded in 1966, and published by the Australian National University, the ADB is Australia’s pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. It aims to ‘tell the story of Australia through the lives of the dynamic, engaging, eccentric and sometimes notorious individuals who have shaped it’. But women only account for about 12 per cent of ADB articles. For the colonial period, less than 4 per cent of articles recognise women. 

The ADB needs your help to identify more women from the colonial period who might be eligible for an ADB article. To learn more details about the colonial women project and to download a nomination form go to: history.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/ncb/colonial-women-adb 

If you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact: colonial.women@anu.edu.au

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