Since 1962 the Australian Dictionary of Biography has been prepared by its staff in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. It provides concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of prominent men and women of this country who contributed their vision and energies to a growing nation. Each entry is prepared by a leading scholar. The subjects come from all walks of life-from premiers, generals and bishops, through artists, actors and authors, farmers, engineers and schoolteachers, to prostitutes, thieves and murderers-providing a cross-section of Australian society. This magnificent cumulative work continues to be a valuable and popular reference tool for all libraries, large and small.
Geoffrey Serle is one of Australia's most distinguished historians. He was Victorian Rhodes Scholar in 1947 and completed his doctorate at Oxford in 1950. After teaching in the History Department at the University of Melbourne and editing Historical Studies from 1955 to 1963, Dr Serle became Reader in History at Monash University and later Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University where he was co-General Editor of volumes 7 10 and General Editor of volume 11 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Among his published works are The Golden Age, The Rush to be Rich, Sir John Monash and Robin Boyd.