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 has been analysed when studying the social backgrounds – particularly education – of Australia's elites. The Who's Who reference is currently published by Crown Content, a reference publishing company owned by the Bennelong Group.
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,
The books are available in hardcopy and online for subscribers.
Criteria for inclusion
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 2010 was released December 2009 with over 420 new entries. Among the new entrants for the 2010 book were Gold Logie winning actor Rebecca Gibney, author Nam Le, chef Jacques Reymond, soccer superstar Tim Cahill and comedian Dave Hughes.
Who's Who in Australia 2011 was released 9 December 2010. Among the new entries were Hollywood A-listers Sam Worthington, Abbie Cornish and Simon Baker, tennis player Samantha Stosur, neurosurgeon Dr Wirginia Maixner, racing car driver Jamie Whincup, editorial cartoonist Peter Nicholson, masterchef George Calombaris, comedian Hamish Blake and cricket player Peter Siddle.
Who's Who in Australia 2012 was released 8 December 2011 with over 600 new entrants that included Oscar-winning producer of The King's Speech, Emile Sherman, Animal Kingdom star Ben Mendelsohn, Allan Border medallist Shane Watson, Masterchef star Gary Mehigan, sailor Jessica Watson, netball player Natalie von Bertouch and Oscar-winning costume designer Lizzy Gardiner.
Complete list of editions and predecessors
Editions of Who's Who in Australia and its predecessors.