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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Joyce Irene Ackroyd (1918–1991)

Joyce Irene Ackroyd

Joyce Irene Ackroyd (1918-1991), professor of Japanese, was born on 23 November 1918 at Newcastle, New South Wales, second child of locally-born parents Alfred Walter Goldsmith Ackroyd, architect, and his wife Constance, née Lloyd. Educated at Newcastle and Parramatta High schools, Joyce attributed her lifelong interest in Japan to a childhood fascination with the East and an intellectual curiosity sparked by later history studies at school. Japan’s art, its language and ‘arcane script,’ and...

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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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Alan James Parker (1933–1982)

Sir John Edward Parker (1904-1985), civil engineer and public servant, and Alan James (1933-1982), chemist and mineral technologist, were father and son.  John was born on 28 September 1904 at...

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