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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John Jackson Calvert (1830–1915)

John Jackson Calvert

John Jackson Calvert (1830-1915), public servant, was born on 31 August 1830 at the Deanery, Manchester, England, the second son of Thomas Calvert, D.D., warden and dean of Manchester, fellow of St John's College and Norrisian professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge, and his wife Julianna, eldest daughter of Sir Charles Watson of Wratting Park, Cambridgeshire, and Fulmer, Buckinghamshire. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He arrived at Sydney in 1853...

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Frederick Bailey Deeming (1853–1892)

Frederick Bailey Deeming

Frederick Bailey Deeming (1853-1892), murderer, was born on 30 July 1853 at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England, son of Thomas Deeming, brazier, and his wife Ann, née Bailey. Little is known of...

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