Australian Dictionary of Biography

  • Tip: searches only the name field
  • Tip: Use double quotes to search for a phrase

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.

See what distinguished Australians are saying about the ADB.

The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.

* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

Feature Article

Eleanor Elizabeth Bourne (1878–1957)

Eleanor Elizabeth Bourne

Eleanor Elizabeth Bourne (1878-1957), medical practitioner, was born at South Brisbane on 4 December 1878, eldest child of John Sumner Pears Bourne, clerk in the Land Commission Court, and his wife Jane Elizabeth, née Hockings. She was educated at the Brisbane Central School for Girls, the Leichhardt Street State School and the Brisbane Grammar School, whose trustees awarded her an extension scholarship; she passed the 1896 senior examination with distinction, winning the Grahame and the John West...

Read more

What’s New

1991 Entries

Browse through the list of articles for people who died in 1991

11 June 2015

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes
Read more ...

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
Read more ...

1 August 2014

Biography Footnotes

Read the latest edition of the National Centre of Biography's newsletter, Biography Footnotes
Read more ...

All news
Born This Day

Edwin Sherbon Hills (1906–1986)

Edwin Sherbon Hills (1906-1986), geologist, was born on 31 August 1906 at Carlton, Melbourne, son of Melbourne-born parents Edwin Sherbon Hills, hatter, and his wife Blanche Eva, née Toe. Edwin was dux...

Read more

All births on this day

All deaths on this day