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 1991-1995* *

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Edward Pulsford (1844–1919)

Edward Pulsford

Edward Pulsford (1844-1919), free trade publicist and politician, was born on 29 September 1844 at Burslem, Staffordshire, England, son of James Pulsford, Baptist minister, and his wife Mary Ann, née Cutler. Edward was educated privately. By 1870 James and his son were in business as commission agents at Hull, Yorkshire. In 1884 Edward transferred his business activities to Sydney while his father went to New York as resident secretary of the Liverpool, London & Globe Insurance Co.

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1991 Entries

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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

Biography Footnotes

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Biography Footnotes

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Charles Henry Malpas (1899–1982)

Charles Henry Malpas

Charles Henry Malpas (1899-1982), inventor and businessman, was born on 28 April 1899 at Leicester, England, eldest of four sons of Charles Edward Malpas, kit cutter and toolmaker, and his wife Florence,...

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