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WORKS BY AND ABOUT PEOPLE

WHO HAVE APPEARED ON AUSTRALIAN CURRENCY.


Appearing on Australian currency is usually reserved for those who have made noteworthy and enduring contributions to the nation, in a multiplicity of fields: commerce and industry, science, academia and the arts.

This page provdes easy links to works by and/or about a large number of such people (royalty omitted). Most prolifically represented are poets Henry Lawson and "Banjo" Paterson, with early navigators and explorers coming second.

These links are here to allow you to become better acquainted with their works and deeds. The tabular format also lists the currency denominations and years for each of them.

Happy reading!

Copyright laws limit the availability of relatively new works on this site.


DAB is the "Dictionary of Australian Biography", by Perceval Serle (1949), on Project Gutenberg Australia

ADB is the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Thanks to Wikipedia for information about people and circulation of Australian Currency

Person Currency Data Links to Project Gutenberg Australia Links to DAB
and others
Sir Joseph Banks,
 
botanist.
 
1744-1820
 

$5 note;
 
Years:
1967-91
The "Banks Page"
 
"The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks", here
 
See also "History of New South Wales from the Records", Vol. I by G.B. Barton
DAB entry for

Sir Joseph Banks
       
George Bass,
 
explorer; surgeon.
 
1763-1803?

50¢ coin;
 
Years:
1998
The "Bass" Page
 
"The Discovery of Bass Strait", here
 
See also "An Account of the English Colony in NSW" (2 vols,), by David Collins
DAB entry for

George Bass
       
Sir Donald Bradman,
 
cricketer; stockbroker,
 
1908-2001

20¢ coin;
 
Years:
2001
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Sir Donald Bradman:—no DAB entry.

No ADB link.
       
Caroline Chisholm,
 
social worker,
 
1808-1877

$5 note;
 
Years:
1967-91
"Memoirs of Mrs Caroline Chisholm",
by Eneas Mackenzie, here

See also Chapter VII of "The Irish in Australia" by James F. Hogan.
DAB entry for

Caroline Chisholm
       
Sir Ian Clunies Ross,
 
scientist,
 
1899-1959
 

$50 note;
 
Years:
1974-95
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Sir Ian Clunies Ross:—no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
James Cook,
 
explorer
 
1728-1779

Various, up to $100 note;
 
Years:
1923-93
The "Cook Page"
 
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World made in H.M. bark "Endeavour" here

See also "The Life of Captain James Cook" by Arthur Kitson, and

"The Voyage of the Endeavour" by G. Arnold Wood

DAB entry for

Captain James Cook,
       
Edith Cowan,
 
social worker,
 
1861-1932
 

$50 note;
 
Years:
1995 on
No works on PGA as yet;

WATCH THIS SPACE!
DAB entry for

Edith Cowan,
       
Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop,
 
doctor,
 
1907-93
 

50¢ coin;
 
Years:
1995
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Sir Edward Dunlop:—no DAB entry.

No ADB link.
       
William Farrer,
 
wheat breeder,
 
1845-1906
 

$2 note;
 
Years:
1966-85
"William J. Farrer and the Results of his Work" by F.B. Guthrie, here

See also "An Economic History of Australia" by Edward Shann.
DAB entry for

William Farrer,
       
Matthew Flinders,
 
explorer,
 
1774-1814
 

10/- note, 50¢ coin;
 
Years:
note: 1953-6; coin: 1998
The "Flinders Page"
 
"A Voyage to Terra Australis (Vols. 1 & 2.)", here; and

"Observations on the Coasts of Van Diemen's Land, on Bass's Strait, etc." here.

See also "The Life of Matthew Flinders" by Sir Ernest Scott.
DAB entry for

Matthew Flinders,
       
Howard Florey,
 
medical scientist,
 
1898-1968
 

$50 note, $1 coin;
 
Years:
note: 1974-93; coin: 1998
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Howard Florey, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Rev. John Flynn,
 
minister,
 
1880-1951
 

$20 note;
 
Years:
1994 on
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Rev. John Flynn, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Sir John Franklin,
 
Governor of Tasmania; explorer,
 
1786-1847
 

£5 note;
 
Years:
1954-66
The "Franklin Page"
 
"Some Passages in the History of Van Diemen's Land". here

See also "The Life of Sir John Franklin R.N." by H.D. Traill
DAB entry for

Sir John Franklin,.
       
Dame Mary Gilmore,
 
writer,
 
1865-1962
 

$10 note;
 
Years:
1993 on
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Dame Mary Gilmore, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Francis Greenway,
 
architect,
 
1777-1837
 

$10 note;
 
Years:
1966-91
No works on PGA as yet;

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DAB entry for

Francis Greenway,
       
Lawrence Hargrave,
 
aviation pioneer,
 
1850-1915
 

$20 note;
 
Years:
1966-93
No works on PGA as yet;

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DAB entry for

Lawrence Hargrave,
       
Hamilton Hume,
 
explorer; magistrate,
 
1797-1873
 

£1 note;
 
Years:
1953-66
The "Hume & Hovell Page"
 
"Journey of Discovery to Port Phillip". here

See also Chapter IX of "Australian Discovery by Land" by Sir Ernest Scott.
DAB entry for

Hamilton Hume,
       
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith,
 
airman,
 
1897-1935
 

$20 note, $1 coin;
 
Years:
note: 1966-93; coin: 1997
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Henry Lawson,
 
poet; writer,
 
1867-1922
 

$10 note;
 
Years:
1966-91
The "Lawson Page"
 
Read many of Lawson's works at Lawson's listing
DAB entry for

Henry Lawson,
       
Norman Lindsay,
 
artist; writer,
 
1879-1969
 

$1 coin;
 
Years:
2008
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Norman Lindsay, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
John Macarthur,
 
farmer,
 
1767-1834
 

$2 note;
 
Years:
1966-85
Read "Some Early Records of the Macarthurs of Camden", edited by Sibella Macarthur Onslow, here

See also "An Economic History of Australia" by Edward Shann, and

"Mutiny; and the Trial of Lt. Col. Johnston (An Outline of the Rum Rebellion", by Frederick Watson et al.
DAB entry for

John Macarthur,
       
Mary MacKillop [Saint Mary of the Cross],
 
social worker,
 
1842-1909
 

$1 coin;
 
Years:
2008
No works on PGA as yet;

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Mary MacKillop [Saint Mary of the Cross], no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Sir Douglas Mawson,
 
explorer; geologist,
 
1882-1958
 

$100 note;
 
Years:
1984-91
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
Sir Douglas Mawson, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Dame Nellie Melba,
 
singer,
 
1861-1931
 

$100 note;
 
Years:
1996 on
"Melba: A Biography" by Agnes G Murphy, here. DAB entry for

Dame Nellie Melba (Helen Porter Armstrong),
       
Sir John Monash,
 
soldier; engineer,
 
1865-1931
 

$100 note;
 
Years:
1996 on
"The Australian Victories in France in 1918", here.

See also "The British Campaign in France and Flanders", Vol. VI, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
DAB entry for

Sir John Monash,
       
Sir Henry Parkes,
 
statesman,
 
1815-96
 

$5 note, $1 coin;
 
Years:
note: 2001; coin: 1996
Read "Life of Sir Henry Parkes" by Charles Lyne, here.

See also "The State and Federal Constitutions of Australia" by Karl Cramp.
DAB entry for

Sir Henry Parkes,.
       
Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson,
 
poet,
 
1864-1941
 

$10 note;
 
Years:
1993 on
The "Paterson Page"
 
Read many works by Paterson at Paterson's listing
DAB entry for

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson,
       
Arthur Phillip,
 
Governor of NSW,
 
1738-1814
 

£10 note;
 
Years:
1954-66
The "Phillip Page"
 
"The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay", here.

See also "Admiral Phillip", by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery.
DAB entry for

Arthur Phillip,
       
Mary Reibey,
 
business-woman,
 
1777-1855
 

$20 note;
 
Years:
1994 on
No works on PGA Mary Reibey, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here
       
Catherine Helen Spence,
 
novelist; sociologist,
 
1825-1910
 

$5 note;
 
Years:
2001
Read five works by Spence Spence's listing DAB entry for

Catherine Helen Spence,
       
Charles Sturt,
 
explorer,
 
1795-1869
 

£1 note;
 
Years:
1953-66
The "Sturt Page"
 
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia", here, and

"Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia", here.

See also "Charles Sturt - His Life and Journeys of Exploration", by J.H.L. Cumpston.
DAB entry for

Charles Sturt,
       
John Tebbutt,
 
astronomer,
 
1834-1916
 

$100 note;
 
Years:
1984-96
Chapter XXII of "Early Days of Windsor New South Wales" by James Steele is here.
DAB entry for

John Tebbutt,
       
David Unaipon,
 
preacher; author,
 
1872-1967
 

$50 note;
 
Years:
1995 on
No works on PGA;

too recent to be
out of copyright
David Unaipon, no DAB entry.

ADB link is
here

Last Updated 15 April 2014