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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Frederick William (Fred) Leist (1873–1945)

Frederick William (Fred) Leist

Frederick William (Fred) Leist (1873-1945), artist, was born on 21 August 1873 at Surry Hills, Sydney, eighth surviving and fifteenth child of Edward Frederick Leist, builder, and his wife Harriet Eliza, née Norris, both Londoners. Fred was educated at Crown Street Public School and, while training as a furniture designer in the workshops of David Jones Ltd, studied art at Sydney Technical College before becoming a student of the Art Society of New South Wales; under Julian Ashton's tuition he learned...

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1991 Entries

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11 June 2015

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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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Hugh Raymond McCrae (1876–1958)

Hugh Raymond McCrae

Hugh Raymond McCrae (1876-1958), poet, was born on 4 October 1876 at Anchorfield, Hawthorn, Melbourne, second son of George Gordon McCrae, Scottish-born civil servant and poet, and his Tasmanian wife Augusta...

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