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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Sir Roderick William Miller (1911–1971)

Sir Roderick William Miller

Sir Roderick William Miller (1911-1971), company director, was born on 12 November 1911 at Balmain, Sydney, second of three sons of Robert William Miller, a lighterman from Scotland, and his native-born wife Annie May, née Kieran. Educated at Scots College, Roderick represented the school at Rugby, rowing and athletics, and later played Rugby Union for New South Wales. He joined R. W. Miller & Co. Pty Ltd at the age of 17 and, in 1931, became sales manager and a director. At St Stephen's...

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Leichhardt map

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Reginald Gordon Clement Nichols (1888–1960)

Reginald Gordon Clement Nichols (1888-1960), Anglican clergyman, was born on 11 February 1888 at Woodlands, New South Wales, son of Australian-born parents Alfred Harvey Nichols, schoolmaster, and his...

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