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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Anton Breinl (1880–1944)

Anton Breinl

Anton Breinl (1880-1944), medical scientist and practitioner, was born on 2 July 1880 in Vienna, son of Anton Breinl, lace manufacturer, and his wife Leopoldina, née Stammhammer. The family came from Graslitz near Pilsen in the Sudeten German part of Bohemia. Educated at a gymnasium at Chomutov, Breinl entered Charles University, Prague, in 1899 and took its medical degree in April 1904. He decided to satisfy his interest in both research and travel by taking up tropical medicine, in which dramatic...

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Walter Leslie Schwarz (1896–1969)

Walter Leslie Schwarz

Walter Leslie Schwarz (1896-1969), soldier, was born on 17 April 1896 at Toowoomba, Queensland, son of Heinrich Schwarz, labourer and sawmiller who was born at sea, and his Ipswich-born wife Augusta Wilhelmina,...

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