Bibliographies aren't just for University assignments you know. They are actually quite useful constructs. Do you check the Bibliography at the back of any reference or non-fiction or fact books you read? It's probably not a bad idea...you might find even more interesting books to consult.
I have a couple of Bibliographies in my collection. I could do with a few more. But I have run out of Bookcases!!!
How do we find bibliographies? Well - you could try just punching in "bibliography" into the search box of the QFHS catalogue or your local public library catalogue...maybe choose Subject: Bibliography and see how you go with a bigger collection. In the QFHS catalogue that search produced 123 results. In the MBR catalogue it produced 79 results but of course not many of them were about genealogy/family history and in the Brisbane City Council catalogue it produced 170 results - again not all of them about genealogy.
I have compiled a list from these sources. It is by no means comprehensive but rather indicative. These are the ones I think are worth having a look at or adding to your collection or just even being aware of the kinds of things that are out there. I have highlighted the ones I have in my own collection.
Has this list whetted your appetite? What do you think is missing? I'm happy for suggestions.
In terms of biographies, I thought I would just mention that I have Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Gils: Convict Women in Van Diemen's Land 1803-1829 by Phillip Tardif. This was a lucky find at a second-hand sale. I also purchased new from the QFHS Queensland Founding Families: Biographies of families living in Queensland prior to separation from New South Wales Volumes 1 & 2. I could not resist purchasing Helene Cronin's Buderim's Great War Effort 1914-1918...and its Living War Memorial the year before last. It was a beautiful production and whilst I have no ancestors (to my knowledge) in any of these books, I just like to have them on my shelf as examples of interesting ways to assemble biographies.
A book that I would recommend to all who are researching in this area is The File: a personal history by Timothy Garton Ash. I don't have a copy but it is one of those must reads. You can read my review here. Another book I would love to own and read properly one day is Patchwork Prisoners: the Rajah Quilt and the women who made it by Trudy Cowley. I also have Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland by Constance Campbell Petrie. Has anyone read that? Is it worth reading?