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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Mabel Josephine (Jo) Mackerras (1896–1971)

Mabel Josephine (Jo) Mackerras

Ian Murray Mackerras (1898-1980) and Mabel Josephine Mackerras (1896-1971), medical scientists, were husband and wife. Ian was born on 19 September 1898 at Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand, elder son of James Murray Mackerras, a New Zealand-born farmer, and his Sydney-born wife Elizabeth Mary, née Creagh. His parents separated and Elizabeth raised the boys in Sydney. Educated at Sydney Grammar School, Ian overstated his age and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 December 1915. He served...

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11 June 2015

Biography Footnotes

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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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1 August 2014

Biography Footnotes

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Sam Passi (1912–1990)

Sam Passi (1912-1990), schoolteacher and linguist, was born on 29 August 1912 on Mer, in the Murray group of islands, eldest son of George Kanai Passi, and his wife Wanee, née Pokar.  Sam’s...

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