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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Henrietta Frances Drake-Brockman (1901–1968)

Henrietta Frances Drake-Brockman

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman (1885-1977), civil engineer and army officer, and Henrietta Frances York Drake-Brockman (1901-1968), author, were husband and wife. Geoffrey was born on 2 November 1885 at Guildford, Perth, fourth of seven children of Frederick Slade [Drake-] Brockman, surveyor, and his wife Grace Vernon, née Bussell, both Western Australian born. E. A. Drake-Brockman and (Lady) Hackett were Geoffrey's brother and sister. Educated at Guildford Grammar School, in 1903 he was employed as...

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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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16 December 2013

Biography Footnotes

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Joseph Climpson (1894–1973)

Joseph Climpson (1894-1973), soldier and policeman, was born on 23 May 1894 at Redfern, Sydney, second son of native-born parents Richard Climpson, labourer and later printer, and his wife Margaret,...

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