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Western Australian Biographical Index (WABI) Sample WABI Index Card

WABI - The Western Australian Biographical Index has recently been transcribed and made available on the website of the State Library of Western Australia by the SLWA under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia [Open Data] License. This license permits FHWA to make the material available on our website in an interactive, searchable data table (below) with direct links to the original cards on the SLWA website.

Clicking on the WABI card number in the table will open the original index cards in a new page/tab (via links to SLWA website). Please also read the notes below the table which are a direct quote from the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) website about the WABI material becoming available. There are 85,403 entries in the table.

You can view the Dictionary of Western Australians in pdf at the Friends of Battye website here.

Table ID No. WABI Card# & Link WABI Card Text & Surname Search
Page 1 of 8541
1 A2417 AUSTIN Charles Thomas (bp. 16.11.1865?), son of William & Jane. m. 27.10.1891 (York RC) Catherine PENNYFATHER 11.1863, dtr of Thomas & (M?).
2 A2418 Anne Doris 12.6.1894 (York Re). Anastasia 17.10.1897 m (1) HEMNECKER (2) 21.4.1964 Raymond A. HARRIS. Reginald Charles 5.6.1899. Malcolm Leo Harold 2.3.1901. Kathleen 21.5.1903 (York). Elizabeth Mena Jane 8.11.1905
3 A2419 AUSTIN Eliza b 1835 dtr of James & Mary. (Pensioner). m. James ROSTRON. m. 1.2.1878 (Perth CE) Daniel James AVERY (of New York). master marine, son of Abraham. PERTH
4 A2420 AUSTIN Ezra b 22.6.1863 (Eng) d 7.2.1949 (Claremont). arr 1890's, wife & family followed 14.11.1897 per Marloo from NSW. m 25.12.1883 (Nth Sydney) Sarah Louisa GELDERT b Eng - d 10.4.1946 (Collie) Chd/ dtr of Thomas & Dinah (nee Hattersley). Engine Driver on Perseverance Mine Boulder & on stationary engines at timber mill Buckingham, near Collie. Labour. Wesleyan
5 A2421 Ernest m. Mary MCMANUS. Alfred 2.9.1919 m. Ruby FREAPE. Evelyn Geldart 4.1.1890 m. William BEBBINGTON. Millie Proctor m. Colin GORDON. Samuel Herbert 15.5.1895 - 29.5.1971 m. Doris Christina FEWSTER
6 A2422 AUSTIN F.B. dep for SA. 22.8.1882 per 'Mary Blair'
7 A2423 WILSON J. PERTH. 6583 Francis Fallon 27/12/65 - 31/12/65 Labr
8 A2424 AUSTIN Frank arr 'Gulf of St. Vincent' 8.10.1886 from London
9 A2425 AUSTIN Georgina Marian m. Henry WOOD, tailor, Hay St, Perth 1868-80
10 A2426 AUSTIN Henry Davis 1856 (York) son of William John & Jane. m 1.1.1885 (Beverley CE) Amelia Ann NELSON (b York) 13.11.1867 dtr of William & Amelia Jane (nee ROGERS). Small Farmer BEVERLEY: Shepherd 'Noondimarra', Labourer 1880. Northbourne 1888.


The Western Australian Biographical Index (WABI) is a highly used resource at the State Library of Western Australia. A recent generous contribution by the Friends of Battye Library (FOBS) has enabled SLWA to have the original handwritten index cards scanned and later transcribed.

The transcription was crowd-sourced and we are aware that there are some data quality issues including:

  • Some of the cards contain relevant information on the back (usually children of the person mentioned indicated by abbreviation: 'ch over'). This info should be on the next consecutive card
  • Some cards are missing
  • Transcripts are crowdsourced so may contain spelling errors and possibly missing information
  • Some cards are crossed out. Some of these are included in the collection and some are not
  • As the information is an index, collected in the 1970s from print material, it is incomplete. It is also unreferenced.

It is still a very valuable dataset as it contains a wealth of information about early settlers in Western Australia. It is of particular interest to genealogists and historians

Work began on WABI in the early 1970s when information was sought on people who lived in Western Australian prior to 1914. Publicity was sent out through local libraries, historical groups and in publication such as the West Australian. Western Australians were asked to provide genealogical information, not only on prominent identities, but also from their family records including the arrival in Western Australia, occupations, dates of birth, marriages and deaths of their ancestors. Historical material such as diaries, letters, business records, minute books, maps, family trees and photographs, were also sought for copying. Entries for the index closed in December 1979, and were filed at the Battye Library for reference.

SLWA link to pdf and other resources.

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