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Welcome to the Australian Portal on Geni

This Australian Portal has been created to:

  • Link together existing Australian projects
  • Encourage new Australian projects to be created
  • Encourage collaboration between Australian-based Geni users, and Geni users worldwide who have Australian interests and connections
  • Promote and facilitate Australian genealogical research
  • Promote Australia, its people, cultures and traditions to the wider Geni community

Please join us!
For instructions on how to use Geni, refer to the Geni Help Portal

Australian Curators

  • Alastair Honeybun
  • Pam Karp: Australia (Jewish families)
  • Nathan Cowdrey: Australia (South Australia and Tasmania)
  • Leanne Minny Australian convicts and free settlers, Aboriginal / First Nations
  • Alex Moes: New Zealand and Australia
  • Sharyn "Shaz" Proctor South Australian Settlement, Notable South Australians, Prussian, Cornish, English, Australian Cameleers, some historic and family research.
  • Jim Henderson Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia) New Zealand, Geni procedures, Geni issues

Australian Naming Conventions

The full naming conventions can be located here

Earliest Australian Ancestors

Add your earliest Australian Ancestors / Immigrant (pre 1900) to the following projects, where appropriate

Historical Timeline

  • Aboriginal / First Nations people are known to have occupied mainland Australia for at least 65,000 years
  • 1606 - Willem Janszoon landed in Cape York. West and Southern coasts mapped and called New Holland
  • 1770 - Captain Cook charted the East Coast and claimed the land for Great Britain
  • 1788 – New South Wales, according to Arthur Phillip's amended Commission dated 25 April 1787, includes "all the islands adjacent in the Pacific Ocean" and running westward to the 135th meridian east. These islands included the current islands of New Zealand, which was administered as part of New South Wales.
  • 1824 - Brisbane is founded
  • 1825 – New South Wales's western border is extended to 129° E. In the same year, Van Diemen's Land is proclaimed.
  • 1829 – Swan River Colony is declared by Charles Fremantle for Britain.
  • 1832 – Swan River Colony has its name changed to Western Australia.
  • 1836 – South Australia is proclaimed with its western border at 132° E.
  • 1840 – New Zealand is proclaimed.
  • 1846 – The colony of North Australia was proclaimed by Letters Patent on 17 February. This was all of New South Wales north of 26° S. Although revoked in December 1846, the colony did formally exist.


Australian Projects on Geni

Social and Chat

States and Territories


Early Australia

Australians of the Year

  • Australian of the Year Award recipients
  • Senior Australian of the Year Award recipients
  • Young Australian of the Year Award recipients
  • Australian Local Hero Award recipients


Entertainment & Culture

Law & Crime

  • Profession - South Australian Police Force
  • [Profession - Northern Territory Police Force]
  • [Profession - Federal Police Force]
  • [Profession - Victorian Police Force]
  • [Profession - New South Wales Police Force]
  • [Profession - Tasmanian Police Force]
  • [Profession - Queensland Police Force]
  • [Profession - Western Australian Police Force]
  • Australian criminals
  • Australians in international prisons
  • Australian Federal Police killed in the line of duty
  • Judges of the Supreme Court
  • Justices of the High Court of Australia
  • People legally executed in Australia




State Politics

State Govenors

State Premiers

Projects on Australian Immigration

Australian Military and Wartime Projects

New South Wales

South Australia



Projects on Australian Families



Cemeteries and Graveyards


Wikipedia Articles and General Information

General articles and lists

Australian culture

Australian sports


Australian Research Resources

Birth, Death and Marriage Records

Each state has different access dates due to individual states privacy legislation

NSW Government Archives


Australian War Memorial

Graves, Burials and Cemeteries

State Public Record Offices

State Public Record Offices include information on passenger lists, wills and probates, prisoners and convicts and much more!

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia has a site Trove which is a searchable collection of Australian and online resources which includes books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

State Libraries

  • All residents of Victoria (Australia) are entitled to apply for a library card that provides remote access to all the online State Library of Victoria resources. There are similar facilities provided for residents of each of the other Australian states and territories through their state and territorial libraries.

Try your local State Library:

  • State Library of New South Wales which includes the Mitchell Library and Dixson Library. These two libraries house a world-renown collection of research materials on Australian history, with an emphasis on New South Wales.
  • State Library of Queensland The John Oxley Library within the State Library of Queensland is a centre for research and study relating to Queensland.
  • State Library of South Australia has an extensive collection of South Australiana and also materials relating to the Northern Territory prior to 1911.
  • State Library of Tasmania which includes the Archives Office of Tasmania and the Heritage Collections of the State Library of Tasmania.
  • State Library of Western Australia which includes the J S Battye Library of West Australian History.

Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial includes a shrine, a museum and an archive - a valuable resource for genealogists.

  • Roll of Honour "The Roll of Honour records and commemorates the names of Australia’s war dead. It takes the form of bronze panels in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area and the Roll of Honour database".
  • Commemorative Roll which includes the names of Australians, not eligible to be included in the Roll of Honour. "It includes those Australians who died while members of Allied Forces, the Merchant Navy, philanthropic organisations attached to the forces, or as war correspondents or photographers".

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This site commemorates the 1 700 000 men and women from the Commonwealth who died in WWI and WWII. There are many Australians listed in their records, and in some instances, next of kin are also listed. Details given include the name, rank, service number, regiment, and date of death. If the person is buried, the cemetery is given and a reference to the grave. There is usually a map of the cemetery to enable you to locate the grave. If the person is listed on a memorial, there might be a reference to the panel on which you would find the name.