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 1991-1995* *

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Elena Domenica Rubeo (1896–1979)

Elena Domenica Rubeo

Elena Domenica Luisa Rubeo (1896-1979), community worker, was born on 23 November 1896 in Rome, fourth child and only daughter of Luigi Rubeo, printer and compositor, and his wife Edvige Cecilia, née Marani. Elena arrived in Adelaide with her parents and brother Ricardo on 16 October 1908 in the Seydlitz; two of her brothers had migrated earlier. She was educated at the Convent of Mercy school, Angas Street. In 1912 the family moved to Ruthven Mansions, a luxury apartment building in Pulteney Street,...

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2 October 2014

Leichhardt map

Check out the ADB's new digital map of Leichhardt's expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844-45
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Biography Footnotes

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Florence Turner Blake (1873–1959)

Florence Turner Blake (1873-1959), artist and benefactor, was born on 26 October 1873 at Armidale, New South Wales, sixth surviving child of William Albert Braylesford Greaves, a surveyor from England,...

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