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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Sir William Elliot Johnson (1862–1932)

Sir William Elliot Johnson

Sir William Elliot Johnson (1862-1932), politician, was born on 10 April 1862 at Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England, son of John Ellis Johnson, scene painter, and his wife Mary, née Nutsforde. After an adventurous life as a youth, which included some telegraphy and scene painting in London, he came to Sydney as a ship steward and on 29 June 1881 married Marie McLachlan, a dressmaker from Scotland.

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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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Murray Goulburn Madden Bourchier (1925–1981)

Murray Goulburn Madden Bourchier (1925-1981), diplomat, was born on 28 March 1925 at St Kilda, Melbourne, second of three children of Victorian-born parents (Sir) Murray William James Bourchier, grazier...

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