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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Sir Charles MacMahon (1824–1891)

Sir Charles MacMahon

Sir Charles MacMahon (1824-1891), police commissioner and politician, was born on 10 July 1824 at Fecarry House, Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, son of Sir William MacMahon, baronet and master of the rolls, and his second wife Charlotte, née Shaw. He served in Canada as an ensign with the 71st Regiment, transferred to the 10th Hussars and retired with the rank of captain after service in India. He joined the Dublin County Militia Regiment. In India he had taken on extra duties as veterinary surgeon,...

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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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William Littlejohn O'Halloran (1806–1885)

Thomas Shuldham O'Halloran (1797-1870), pioneer and commissioner of police, was born on 25 October 1797 at Berhampore, India, the second son of Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran, G.C.B., and his wife...

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