For those searching for information on Jewish burials, the lack of a central database recording details of some 88,000 Jews who now lie buried under Australian soil has posed a significant challenge.
There are 300 burial sites ranging from single graves in lonely outposts to over 21,000 graves at Rookwood NSW.
Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) has taken on the task of consolidating as much information as possible in one large searchable database.
The basis of this database has been the work carried out over a period of 28 years in the late 20th Century, by Beverley Davis OAM.
Beverley, with the support of Society members, built an invaluable online resource the Beverley Davis Burial Data Collection known as the BD-BD. Beverley transcribed over 40,000 Jewish headstones and burial records from cemeteries in Australia and New Zealand, plus Australian War graves overseas.
Sometimes, there are discrepancies between the information provided by Chevrei Kadisha and the family’s inscription on the headstone. In this case, both are recorded.
Given the vast amount of information, we have created some different viewing options to suit different search requirements.
‘Quick Reference’ view minimises the number of columns and therefore scrolling. It’s ideal for searching for basic information about an individual. Each record also has a ‘View’ button which enables you to see all the information extracted from the table about a single entry on one screen.
‘Inscription’ view where you can easily see and search through the inscriptions on headstones where available.
‘Mobile Reference” view is for users of personal electronic devices with limited screen space and just shows name and cemetery. Again using the ‘View’ button takes you to the full information on that burial
‘Detailed’ view presents all the information in a table format providing the extensive search options on all fields.
We welcome corrections and additional information and will incorporate these in subsequent updates.