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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James Bonwick (1817–1906)

James Bonwick

James Bonwick (1817-1906), teacher, author, historian and archivist, was born on 8 July 1817 at Lingfield, Surrey, England, eldest son of James Bonwick, carpenter, and his second wife Mary, née Preston. Soon after James's birth the family moved to Southwark, London, where he was educated at the Borough Road School in 1823-32. He began his teaching career in 1833 and had charge of several primary schools. While at Liverpool in 1837 he was influenced by a Baptist clergyman who converted Bonwick to...

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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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Henry Frederick Hinton (1909–1978)

Henry Frederick Hinton (1909-1978), motorcycle racer and motor mechanic, was born on 31 July 1909 at Aston, Birmingham, England, eldest son of Henry John Thomas Hinton, general labourer, and his wife Nellie,...

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