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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John Bede (Jack) Commins (1913–1987)

John Bede (Jack) Commins

John Bede (Jack) Commins (1913-1987), political journalist, was born on 10 June 1913 at Parkes, New South Wales, second child and only son of Francis Bede Commins, solicitor, and his wife Nora, née Byrnes, both born in New South Wales. His father was killed in action in France in 1917 while serving with the 53rd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. The family moved to Sydney and Jack was educated at Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham. At the age of 21 he joined the Sydney Morning Herald,...

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Sir Graham Berry (1822–1904)

Sir Graham Berry

Sir Graham Berry (1822-1904), politician, was born on 28 August 1822 near London, son of Benjamin Berry, a moderately successful Twickenham tradesman, and his wife Clara, née Graham. After elementary...

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