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 de la Condamine (1797–1873)

Thomas de la Condamine

Thomas de la Condamine (1797-1873), soldier, was born in Guernsey, the third son of Jean de la Condamine and his wife Elizabeth, née Coutart. He was educated at the Royal Military College, commissioned as an ensign in June 1814 and appointed to the Royal Staff Corps in November 1815. Promoted lieutenant in March 1825 he was transferred to the 57th Regiment and in December he arrived with Governor (Sir) Ralph Darling in Sydney as aide-de-camp. For the next five years he served as one of the small...

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Horace Newton Barber (1914–1971)

Horace Newton Barber (1914-1971), botanist and geneticist, was born on 26 May 1914 at Warburton, Cheshire, England, son of Horace Maximilian Barber, printer's traveller, and his wife Mary, née Newton....

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