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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James (Jim) McGirr (1890–1957)

James (Jim) McGirr

James (Jim) McGirr (1890-1957), pharmacist and premier, was born on 6 February 1890 at Parkes, New South Wales, seventh child of Irish-born parents John Patrick McGirr, a road contractor who turned to farming, and his wife Mary Teresa, née O'Sullivan. Jim grew up on a small dairy farm. After early schooling locally, he attended St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst. At the age of 16 he was apprenticed to his brother John Joseph McGirr, a pharmacist at Parkes. Jim was an accomplished horseman and soon...

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Edwin Arthur Vincent Sheldon (1895–1945)

Eliza Jeanettie Sheldon (1885-1974), art-dealer, and Edwin Arthur Vincent Sheldon (1895-1945), artist, were born on 24 May 1885 at Williamstown, Victoria, and 3 July 1895 in South Brisbane, eldest and...

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