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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Sir William John Victor (Vic) Windeyer (1900–1987)

Sir William John Victor (Vic) Windeyer

Sir William John Victor Windeyer (1900-1987), soldier and judge, was born on 28 July 1900 at Hunters Hill, Sydney, eldest of four children of Sydney-born parents William Archibald Windeyer, solicitor, and his wife Ruby Millicent née Le Gay Brereton, daughter of John Le Gay Brereton and sister of John and Ernest.  Victor’s family had a strong tradition in the law and public service.  He was the grandson of Sir William Charles Windeyer and Mary Windeyer, and the great-great-grandson of...

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Eric Alfred Connolly (1880–1944)

Eric Alfred Connolly (1880-1944), punter and owner-trainer, was born on 17 April 1880 at Degamero, a sheep station on the King River near Wangaratta, Victoria, the sixth of eight children of Henry James...

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