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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Charles Jardine Don (1820–1866)

Charles Jardine Don

Charles Jardine Don (1820-1866), stonemason and politician, was born on 12 June 1820 at Cupar-Angus, Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland, son of William Don and his wife Jeanette, née Rattery. His father, a stonemason, was an elder of the Relief Church, a branch of the United Presbyterians, but broke with them and joined the Church of Scotland. Don was educated at the village school and at 12 worked as a learner handloom weaver for ½d. a yard. At 17 he was apprenticed to his father and joined a mutual...

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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

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Lilian Marguerite Medland (1880–1955)

Tom Iredale (1880-1972), conchologist and ornithologist, was born on 24 March 1880 at Stainburn, Cumberland, England, eighth child of John Iredale, market gardener, and his wife Ann Lamb, née Wilkinson....

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