Australian Dictionary of Biography

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The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

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The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.


* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

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Arthur Wadsworth (1864–1931)

Arthur Wadsworth

Arthur Wadsworth (1864-1931), librarian, was born on 19 December 1864 at Windsor, Melbourne, eighth child of Robert Wadsworth, clerk, and his wife Julia Lucy, née Guillaume, both English born. His father was clerk of the Victorian Executive Council in 1875-89. Arthur was educated at All Saints Grammar School, East St Kilda, and studied at the University of Melbourne in 1880 before joining the Victorian parliamentary library next year. On 6 May 1891 he married Lilian Johnston Pengelley at All Saints...

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James Tolmie (1862–1939)

James Tolmie (1862-1939), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born on 25 July 1862 on board the Rajasthan, en route from Liverpool to Brisbane, eldest son of Scottish parents Roderick Tolmie, farmer,...

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