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 as a research tool by journalists and historians. The Who's Who reference publication is currently published by Australian Associated Press (AAP).
Who's Who in Australia began as the vision of South Australian sub-editor Fred Johns. 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.
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
- 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. 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.
Who's Who in Australia 2017 was released in November 2016. Among the new entries are academic and media presenter Waleed Aly, Australian Local Hero Award winner 2016 and writer Dr Catherine Keenan, Indigenous advocate Tauto Sansbury, and philanthropist Anne Kantor.
Who's Who in Australia 2018 is due to be released in November 2017.
Complete list of editions and predecessors
Editions of Who's Who in Australia and its predecessors.
|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|
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|14||Who's Who in Australia||1950|
|15||Who's Who in Australia||1955|
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|18||Who's Who in Australia||1965|
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|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|
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|25||Who's Who in Australia||1985–86|
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- Ian Hansen, Nor Free Nor Secular: Six Independent Schools in Victoria, a First Sample, Oxford University Press, 1971
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- "Who's Who in Australia Nomination Form". Crown Content. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "Crown Content's criteria for inclusion in Who's Who publications". Crown Content. Retrieved 2010-11-04.