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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Richard Edward (Dick) O'Connor (1851–1912)

Richard Edward (Dick) O'Connor

Richard Edward (Dick) O'Connor (1851-1912), barrister, Federationist and judge, was born on 4 August 1851 at Glebe, Sydney, third son of Richard O'Connor, Irish-born parliamentary librarian, and his wife Mary Anne, née Harnett. He claimed descent from Arthur O'Connor, Irish rebel and a general in Napoleon's army, and was related to Roderic O'Connor of Connorville, Tasmania. Brought up as a devout Roman Catholic, Dick was educated in 1861-66 by the Benedictines at St Mary's College, Lyndhurst,...

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Arthur Thomas (Clarence the Clocker) Davies (1912–1984)

Arthur Thomas (Clarence the Clocker) Davies (1912-1984), racecourse clocker and television personality, was born on 26 March 1912 at Rockdale, Sydney, fourth child of Ernest Edward Davies, a carpenter...

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