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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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Henri Adrien Marie Verbrugghen (1873–1934)

Henri Adrien Marie Verbrugghen

Henri Adrien Marie Verbrugghen (1873-1934), musician, was born on 1 August 1873 in Brussels, only son of Henri Joseph Verbrugghen, textile manufacturer, and his wife Elisa, née Derode. He made his début at the age of 9. With the support of Eugène Ysaÿe and Joseph Wieniawski, Henri overcame parental determination that he study medicine and in 1886 entered the Royal Conservatoire of Music of Brussels, graduating with first prize in 1889. Having visited London with Ysaÿe in 1888, Verbrugghen gave...

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Harold Hastings Deering (1896–1965)

Harold Hastings Deering (1896-1965), engineer and businessman, was born on 22 August 1896 at Ashfield, Sydney, second son of Harold Deering, clerk, and his wife Edith Lilian Marian Australia, née MacCulloch,...

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