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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Bertram Barney Wainer (1928–1987)

Bertram Barney Wainer

Bertram Barney Wainer (1928-1987), medical practitioner and advocate of abortion law reform, was born on 30 December 1928 in Edinburgh, youngest of three children of Harold Barney Wainer, medical practitioner, and his wife Bethia Whitelaw, née Borthwick. His father, who died before Bertram was born, was of Jewish South African descent; his mother was Scottish. During the Depression the family became destitute, and moved to Gallowgate, a Glasgow slum. This experience developed in him a deep concern...

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Sir Arnold Lucas Bennett (1908–1983)

Sir Arnold Lucas Bennett (1908-1983), barrister, was born on 12 November 1908 at Toowoomba, Queensland, third of four sons of George Thomas Bennett, a Brisbane-born commission agent, and his wife Celia...

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