ADB contains biographies of significant and representative persons in Australian history. The subjects come from all walks of life - from prime ministers, governors-general and premiers, generals and bishops, artists, actors and authors, engineers and schoolteachers, to prostitutes, thieves and murderers - providing a cross-section of Australian society.
The service includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies, as well as some later issues to 1982. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the service.
Produced by the Dept. of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, the Australian Heritage Database contains information about more than 20,000 natural, historic and Indigenous places. The database includes places in the World Heritage List, places in the National Heritage List, places in the Commonwealth Heritage list, places in the Register of the National Estate, places in the List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia, places under consideration, or that may have been considered for, any one of these lists. Photographs of the place (if available) are included through links to the Australian heritage photographic library.
Source documents from the ATSIC Library include Commonwealth gazettes, media/press releases, speeches and conference papers, pamphlets, booklets and ephemera, book chapters, journal and newspaper articles, Hansard, cases and judgments, books, reports, conference proceedings, theses and videos.