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Dictionary of Western Australians

I am using "Erickson" in footnotes as a shorthand way of referring to these publications, and particularly the Bicentennial Dictionary, 1987-88, which is available online.

Statham, Pamela ed. 1979, Dictionary of Western Australians, Volume 1, Early Settlers 1829-1850, UWAP, ISBN 0 85564 159 2, © 1979 Pamela Statham.

Erickson, Rica ed. 1979, Dictionary of Western Australians, Volume 2, Bond [Convicts] 1850-1868, 1979, UWAP, ISBN 0 85564 162 2, © 1979 Rica Erickson.

Erickson, Rica ed. 1979, Dictionary of Western Australians, Volume 3, Free [Settlers] 1850-1868, 1979, UWAP, ISBN 0 85564 163 0, © 1979 Rica Erickson.

Erickson, Rica ed. 1985, Dictionary of Western Australians, Volume 4, The Challenging Years 1868-1888, two volumes Part 1 A-K, Part 2  L-Z, UWAP, ISBN 0 85564 231 9, © 1985 Rica Erickson.

Dictionary of Western Australians, Volume 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914, 1985, UWAP.

Volume 1 compiled by Pamela Statham and Volumes 2-4 above by Erickson were the basis of the Bicentennial series of four volumes which were published by UWAP in 1987 and 1988.

From the Introduction to the Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians:
"The Bicentennial Dictionary is based on material published previously in the four volumes of the Dictionary of Western Australians, the first three of which were produced for the State's Sesquicentennial year in 1979. ... The public was invited to send biographies of people who were resident in Western Australia from the earliest years. The 'cut-off' date for entries was 1914."

Erickson, Rica ed. 1987, 1988, Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians, 4 vols, UWAP.

These four volumes were put online by Friends of the Battye Library:
The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians - pre-1829-1888 Volumes I - IV - available online from: https://www.friendsofbattyelibrary.org.au/bicentennial-dictionary

Rica Erickson subsite on the SLWA website. One of the pages explains: "Rica Erickson ... took on the role of general editor of Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829 to 1888. The dictionary had its origins in the West Australian Biographical Index and in 1987 and 1988 the Bicentennial Dictionary was published to mark the bicentenary of white settlement of Australia in 1988. The four-volume dictionary had entries arranged alphabetically by name and contained all the additional information and corrections in one cohesive series.
In addition to the four volumes of the dictionary compiled by Rica, the Battye Library also holds volumes 5 to 10 that have been published since. Asian Immigrants to Western Australia 1829-1901 (1988), Aborigines of the Albany Region 1821-1888 (1989), Aborigines of New Norcia 1845-1914 (1989), Aborigines of the South West Region (1990), Convicts in Western Australia 1850-1887 (1994) and Far From Home - Aboriginal Prisoners of Rottnest Island (1997)."

Book Merchant entry:

Bibliographic dictionary of Western Australian settlers pre 1914. Rica Erickson was the general editor and compiler, but contributors include Reg Appleyard, Geoffrey Bolton, Margaret Medcalf, Tom Stannage, Pamela Statham, and Sandra Taylor.

Dictionary of Western Australians: Volume 1 - Early Settlers 1829-1850 (ISBN 9780855641986) published 1979

Dictionary of Western Australians. Volume 2 - Bond 1850-1868 (ISBN 9780855641627) published 1979

Dictionary of Western Australians. Volume 3 - Free 1850-1868 (inc. Supplement publishged1981) (ISBN 9780855641634) published 1979

Dictionary of Western Australians. Volume 4 Part 1 A-K - The Challenging Years 1868-1888 (ISBN 9780855642297) published 1984

Dictionary of Western Australians. Volume 4 Part 2 L-Z - The Challenging Years 1868-1888 (ISBN 9780855642310) published 1984

Dictionary of Western Australians. Volume 5 - The Golden Years 1888-1914 (ISBN 9780855642501) published 1986

References and Links

See also: Rica Erickson page, including bibliography of historical (but not botanical) work.

Many thanks to Diane Oldman for most of the bibliographical details above.


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