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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Christiane Susanne (Augusta) Zadow (1846–1896)

Christiane Susanne (Augusta) Zadow

Christiane Susanne Augustine (Augusta) Zadow (1846-1896), trade unionist and factory inspector, was born on 27 August 1846 at Runkel, Duchy of Nassau, daughter of Elizabethe Hemming and Johann Georg Hofmeyer, gardener, who were married next year. Educated at Wiesbaden and, on a scholarship, at the Ladies' Seminary, Biebrich-on-Rhine, she became a companion and governess, travelling through Germany, France, Russia, Siberia and England. Just over four feet (122 cm) tall, she was warm-hearted, alert...

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Frederick Halcomb (1836–1919)

Frederick Halcomb (1836-1919), parliamentary officer, was born on 25 July 1836 at High Trees farm near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, fourth son of Thomas Halcomb, landlord, and his wife Emma Susan,...

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