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

Andrew King Cowper (1898–1980)

Andrew King Cowper

Andrew King Cowper (1898-1980), air force officer, was born on 16 November 1898 at Bingara, New South Wales, fifth child of Henry Percival Cowper, a native-born surveyor, and his wife Amy Fraser, née Farquhar, from Guernsey, Channel Islands. Andrew was a fourth-generation descendant of William Cowper and Philip Gidley King. Educated in England at Eastbourne College, Sussex, on 10 May 1917 he was appointed temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps. He qualified as a pilot and in August...

Read more

What’s New

1995 Entries

Browse through the list of articles for people who died in 1995

17 April 2019

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes no.19
Read more ...

15 March 2018

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes no.18
Read more ...

14 March 2017

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes
Read more ...

All news
Born This Day

Haralambos (Harry) Corones (1883–1972)

Haralambos (Harry) Corones

Haralambos (Harry) Corones (1883-1972), hotelier and businessman, was born on 17 September 1883 at Kithira, Greece, son of Panayiotis Coroneos, fisherman, and his wife Stamatea, née Freeleagus. From 1904...

Read more

All births on this day

All deaths on this day