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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James Erskine Calder (1808–1882)

James Erskine Calder

James Erskine Calder (1808-1882), surveyor, was born on 8 June 1808 at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, ninth of eleven children of Alexander Calder, quartermaster at the Royal Military College. He was educated at village schools and in 1822-26 at the college after it had moved to Sandhurst. He then joined the Ordnance Survey in England, and his interest in this work led his father to seek from the Colonial Office an appointment for him at the Swan River settlement or in some other colony....

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11 June 2015

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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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1 August 2014

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John Laurence Rentoul (1846–1926)

John Laurence Rentoul (1846-1926), clergyman and controversialist, was born on 6 July 1846 at Garvagh, Londonderry, Ireland, fourth son of Rev. James Buchan Rentoul and his wife Sarah, née Wilson. His...

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