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

Sir Daniel Cooper (1821–1902)

Sir Daniel Cooper

Sir Daniel Cooper (1821-1902), merchant and philanthropist, was born on 1 July 1821 at Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England, the second son of Thomas Cooper, merchant, and his wife, née Ramsden. He went to Sydney with his parents, but returned to England at 14 to complete his education at the Junior School of University College, London. In 1839 he began training for a legal career but in 1841 abandoned his studies because of failing health and joined a French-American firm at Le Havre to gain...

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

Sir William Ernest (Bill) Dunk (1897–1984)

Sir William Ernest (Bill) Dunk (1897-1984), public servant, was born on 11 December 1897 at Morgan, South Australia, fifth of six children of Albert Landseer Dunk, clerk, and his wife Winifred Jane, née...

Read more

All births on this day

All deaths on this day