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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William Bedford (1781–1852)

William Bedford

William Bedford (1781?-1852), Church of England clergyman, was reputed to have been a staymaker patronized by Mrs Fry, who interested him in prison work. He was made an ordinary at Newgate, and assisted in several parishes in the East End of London. In August 1821 he was ordained priest by the bishop of London and next June was appointed assistant military chaplain for Van Diemen's Land. He sailed in July with his wife Eleanor Martha, née Pickett (Pickard), two sons and one daughter, reaching Sydney...

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Una Mabel Bourne (1882–1974)

Una Mabel Bourne (1882-1974), pianist and composer, was born on 23 October 1882 at Mudgee, New South Wales, daughter of James George Bourne, store-keeper, and his wife Margaret, née Webber. The family...

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