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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Con (Cornelius) Colleano (1899–1973)

Con (Cornelius) Colleano

Con (Cornelius) Colleano (1899-1973), tightwire artist, was born on 26 December 1899 at Lismore, New South Wales, third of ten children of native-born parents Cornelius Sullivan, showman, and his wife Vittorine Julia, née Robinson. Julia's father came from the Isle of St Thomas, West Indies, and her grandmother was an Aborigine; boxing and gambling were among her husband's sources of income. About 1907 the family settled at Lightning Ridge where the children received schooling and learned circus...

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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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Thomas Joseph O'Donnell (1876–1949)

Thomas Joseph O'Donnell (1876-1949), Catholic priest, was born on 3 August 1876 at Buninyong, Victoria, fourth of seven children of Irish parents Moses John O'Donnell, farmer, and his wife Mary, née Buckle....

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