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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Roy (Mo) Rene (1891–1954)

Roy (Mo) Rene

Roy (Mo) Rene (1891-1954), comedian, was born on 15 February 1891, at Hindley Street, Adelaide, fourth of seven children of a Dutch Jew, Hyam (Henry) Sluice or Sluys, cigarmaker, and his Anglo-Jewish wife Amelia, née Barnett. Named Henry Vande (later spelt variously), he received a sketchy education at the Dominican Convent, a Christian Brothers school and Grote Street Public School. Aged 10 Harry won a singing competition at an Adelaide market, and in 1905 appeared professionally in the pantomime,...

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Gilbert Kelly Jeffery (1875–1954)

Gilbert Kelly Jeffery (1875-1954), horse-handler, was born on 23 October 1875 at Omeo, Victoria, ninth child of English-born parents Edward Jeffery, storekeeper, and his wife Selina, née Tonkin. Kell...

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