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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Frank Vincent Baden-Powell (1929–1992)

Frank Vincent Baden-Powell

Frank Vincent Baden-Powell (1929–1992), actor, director, theatre-restaurant entrepreneur, and city councillor, was born on 14 August 1929 in Perth, Western Australia, only child of Perth-born parents Frank Baden Powell, dentist, and his wife Amy, née Kiely. Young Frank was educated at Aquinas College, Salter Point, and matriculated (1946) with distinctions in English, history, and Latin.

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Thomas Luxton (1850–1911)

Thomas Luxton (1850-1911), businessman, was born on 22 May 1850 at Bridgerule, Devon, England, son of James Luxton, farrier, and his wife Mary Ann, née Bassett. In 1852 the Luxtons sailed to Victoria....

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