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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William Edington (de Marguerittes) Armit (1848–1901)

William Edington (de Marguerittes) Armit

William Edington (de Marguerittes) Armit (1848-1901), policeman, journalist, explorer and public servant, was born on 10 May 1848 at Liège, Belgium, son of John Lees Armit, army agent, and his second wife Elizabeth, née Yeldham. His father was of Scottish ancestry and his mother was English. William later adopted a third forename, de Marguerittes (John Armit’s first wife had been a member of the French noble family of that name). He arrived in Australia in November 1866 as an ordinary seaman...

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Alfred Nailer Jacobs (1897–1976)

Alfred Nailer Jacobs (1897-1976), medical practitioner, was born on 11 July 1897 at Surrey Hills, Melbourne, second child of Henry Atwood Jacobs, a warehouseman from England, and his second wife Amy Lilian,...

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