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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John Robert (Jack) Lee (1885–1957)

John Robert (Jack) Lee

John Robert (Jack) Lee (1885-1957), engineer and politician, was born on 19 October 1885 at Hedleyhope, Lanchester, Durham, England, son of James Lee, coalminer, and his wife Jessie, née Watson. Educated at Leadgate, Jack trained as a plumber and worked for the Weardale and Consett Water Co., Durham. In 1910-11 he studied for the Methodist ministry at Cliff College, Sheffield, and probably migrated to New South Wales late in 1912. He served as a probationary Methodist minister at Yanco and Gilgandra...

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Kate Mackay (1897–1983)

Kate Mackay (1897-1983), medical practitioner, was born on 29 April 1897 at Bendigo, Victoria, third of seven children of Scottish-born James Hannah Mackay, Presbyterian minister, and his Victorian-born...

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