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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George Bennett (1804–1893)

George Bennett

George Bennett (1804-1893), medical practitioner and naturalist, was born on 31 January 1804 at Plymouth, England. He was strongly attracted by the sea, and at 15 undertook the first of his many voyages. Returning to England in 1821, he studied first at Plymouth and then at the Middlesex Hospital and the Hunterian School of Medicine, where he came under the influence of such notable men as Charles Bell, Herbert Mayo and Caesar Hawkins. On 7 March 1828 he obtained his diploma of membership of the...

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Basil Edward Fairfax-Ross (1910–1984)

Basil Edward Fairfax-Ross (1910-1984), coastwatcher and businessman, was born on 4 April 1910 at Springwood, New South Wales, second child of Sydney-born parents Basil Fairfax-Ross, who described himself...

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