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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Thomas Hassall (1794–1868)

Thomas Hassall

Thomas Hassall (1794-1868), Anglican clergyman, was born on 29 May 1794, at Coventry, England, the eldest child of Rowland Hassall and his wife Elizabeth, née Hancox. He accompanied his parents to Tahiti in the Duff in 1796. He and his mother have a prominent place in the foreground of Smirke's oil painting of the cession of Matavai. He grew up in Parramatta, and received the best education which could be provided. As a young man he was employed as clerk in the offices of Robert Campbell and...

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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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Stanley Simpson Addison (1880–1972)

Stanley Simpson Addison (1880-1972), administrator and publisher, was born on 14 October 1880 at Aldinga, South Australia, second son of Charley Addison, baker, and his wife Fanny, née Butterworth....

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