Who's Who in Australia

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The Who's Who in Australia is an Australian biographical reference first published by Fred Johns in 1906 as Johns's Notable Australians. It has been used by academics as a resource that identifies Australia's leading individuals, and has been analysed when studying the social backgrounds – particularly education – of Australia's elites.[1][2][3][4] The Who's Who reference is currently published by Crown Content,[5] a reference publishing company owned by the Bennelong Group.[6]

History[edit]

Who's Who in Australia began as the vision of South Australian sub-editor Fred Johns.[7] Following his arrival in Australia in 1884, Johns compiled a volume of biographies of notable living compatriots. First published in 1906, Johns's Notable Australians contained nearly 1,100 entries representing a wide range of endeavours. Subsequent editions were published in 1908, 1912, 1913, 1914 and 1922, before the book first appeared as Who's Who in Australia in 1927.

Fred Johns died in December 1932, earning a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information on prominent Australians.

Series[edit]

There are three products in the current Who's Who series including,

  • Who's Who in Australia – Prominent Australians from a range of fields, including business, politics, the arts, sport, law, entertainment and academia. Currently includes over 13,000 biographical entries.
  • Who's Who in Business in Australia – Individuals and organisations from all sectors of Australian industry, including government bodies, plus individual entries on senior employees. Currently includes 24,000 biographies and 5,000 company profiles.
  • Who's Who of Australian Women – Australian women from a range of fields, including community service, business, politics, the arts, sport, law, entertainment and academia. Currently contains 6,600 biographies of notable Australian Women.

The books are available in hardcopy and online for subscribers.

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

  • Who's Who in Australia – People are included if they have significantly contributed to Australian life on a national or international level. They are people who have built a positive profile over time. There are no restrictions on age or sex and entrants need not be born in Australia. Each person's nomination is considered on its merits alone and entry in the book cannot be paid for. The book is a snapshot of Australian society at a particular point in time.
  • Who's Who in Business in Australia – People are included if they are contributing to Australian or international business on a national or international level. They are people who are considered to be significant business leaders. There are no restrictions on age or sex and entrants need not be born in Australia.
  • Who's Who of Australian Women – Women are included if they have made a significant contribution to Australian life. The contribution can be at a community, state, national or international level. There are no restrictions on age and entrants need not be born in Australia.

Individuals can nominate notable Australians for inclusion in the book.[8] Criteria for inclusion are those who are assessed by the editors as having contributed "to Australian life on a national or international level". The editors assert that an entry to the book cannot be bought.[9]

2010 edition[edit]

Who's Who in Australia 2010 was released December 2009 with over 420 new entries. Among the new entrants for the 2010 book were Gold Logie winning actor Rebecca Gibney, author Nam Le, chef Jacques Reymond, soccer superstar Tim Cahill and comedian Dave Hughes.

2011 edition[edit]

Who's Who in Australia 2011 was released 9 December 2010. Among the new entries were Hollywood A-listers Sam Worthington, Abbie Cornish and Simon Baker, tennis player Samantha Stosur, neurosurgeon Dr Wirginia Maixner, racing car driver Jamie Whincup, editorial cartoonist Peter Nicholson, masterchef George Calombaris, comedian Hamish Blake and cricket player Peter Siddle.

2012 edition[edit]

Who's Who in Australia 2012 was released 8 December 2011 with over 600 new entrants that included Oscar-winning producer of The King's Speech, Emile Sherman, Animal Kingdom star Ben Mendelsohn, Allan Border medallist Shane Watson, Masterchef star Gary Mehigan, sailor Jessica Watson, netball player Natalie von Bertouch and Oscar-winning costume designer Lizzy Gardiner.

Complete list of editions and predecessors[edit]

Editions of Who's Who in Australia and its predecessors.

Edition Title Year
1 Johns's Notable Australians 1906
2 Johns's Notable Australians and Who is Who is Australasia 1908
3 Fred Johns's Annual 1912
4 Fred Johns's Annual 1913
5 Fred Johns's Annual 1914
6 Who's Who in the Commonwealth of Australia 1922
7 Who's Who in Australia 1927–28
8 Who's Who in Australia 1933–34
9 Who's Who in Australia 1935
10 Who's Who in Australia 1938
11 Who's Who in Australia 1941
12 Who's Who in Australia 1944
13 Who's Who in Australia 1947
14 Who's Who in Australia 1950
15 Who's Who in Australia 1955
16 Who's Who in Australia 1959
17 Who's Who in Australia 1962
18 Who's Who in Australia 1965
19 Who's Who in Australia 1968
20 Who's Who in Australia 1971
21 Who's Who in Australia 1974
22 Who's Who in Australia 1977
23 Who's Who in Australia 1980
24 Who's Who in Australia 1983
25 Who's Who in Australia 1985–86
26 Who's Who in Australia 1988
27 Who's Who in Australia 1991
28 Who's Who in Australia 1992
29 Who's Who in Australia 1993
30 Who's Who in Australia 1994
31 Who's Who in Australia 1995
32 Who's Who in Australia 1996
33 Who's Who in Australia 1997
34 Who's Who in Australia 1998
35 Who's Who in Australia 1999
36 Who's Who in Australia 2000
37 Who's Who in Australia 2001
38 Who's Who in Australia 2002
39 Who's Who in Australia 2003
40 Who's Who in Australia 2004
41 Who's Who in Australia 2005
42 Who's Who in Australia 2006
43 Who's Who in Australia 2007
44 Who's Who in Australia 2008
45 Who's Who in Australia 2009
46 Who's Who in Australia 2010
47 Who's Who in Australia 2011
48 Who's Who in Australia 2012
49 Who's Who in Australia 2013
50 Who's Who in Australia 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walker, Frank (2001-07-22). "The ties that bind". Sunday Life (The Sun-Herald). p. 16. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Who's Who of School Rankings". Better Education Australia. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ Mark Peel and Janet McCalman, Who Went Where in Who's Who 1988: The Schooling of the Australian Elite, Melbourne University History Research Series Number 1, 1992
  4. ^ Ian Hansen, Nor Free Nor Secular: Six Independent Schools in Victoria, a First Sample, Oxford University Press, 1971
  5. ^ Family Domains | www.familydomains.com.au. "Crown Content Pty Ltd". Crowncontent.com.au. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  6. ^ "bennelong group, bennelong funds management, bennelong foundation - home". Benngroup.com. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  7. ^ Edgar, Suzanne. "Biography - Frederick (Fred) Johns - Australian Dictionary of Biography". Adb.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  8. ^ "Who's Who in Australia Nomination Form". Crown Content. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  9. ^ "Crown Content's criteria for inclusion in Who's Who publications". Crown Content. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 

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