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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Leon Ashton Punch (1928–1991)

Leon Ashton Punch

Leon Ashton Punch (1928-1991), farmer, grazier, and politician, was born on 21 April 1928 in North Sydney, second son of Sydney-born parents Thomas Sydney Punch, medical practitioner, and his wife Neta Linette, née Wood. Educated at Inverell High School and The King’s School, Parramatta, from 1947 Leon worked on his father’s dairy farm at Jerrys Plains. Having managed that business from 1952, he moved in 1959 to the family’s grazing property at Barraba.

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John Sandes (1863–1938)

John Sandes (1863-1938), journalist, poet and novelist, was born on 26 February 1863 at Cork, Ireland, son of Rev. Samuel Dickson Sandes, Church of Ireland clergyman, and his wife Sophia Julia, née Besnard....

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