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.


Who's Who in Australia 1968