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 1991-1995* *

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John Smith Purdy (1872–1936)

John Smith Purdy

John Smith Purdy (1872-1936), health officer and soldier, was born on 31 January 1872 at Morpeth, Northumberland, England, son of George Purdy, market gardener, and his wife Frances, née Smith. He was an exhibitioner and school captain at the Grammar School of King Edward VI, Morpeth, before studying medicine at Marischal College, University of Aberdeen (M.B., C.M., 1898; M.D., 1904). He soon joined his older brother James in New Zealand and was briefly surgeon at Otaki hospital. In January 1901...

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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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1 August 2014

Biography Footnotes

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16 December 2013

Biography Footnotes

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William Woolls (1814–1893)

William Woolls

William Woolls (1814-1893), Church of England clergyman, schoolmaster and botanist, was born on 30 March 1814 at Winchester, Hampshire, England, nineteenth child of Edward Woolls (d.1830), wholesaler,...

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