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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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Sir Edward John Owen Cox (1866–1932)

Sir Edward John Owen Cox

Sir Edward John Owen Cox (1866-1932), businessman and politician, was born on 21 January 1866 at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales, son of George Hugh Augustus Cox, commercial traveller, and his wife Elizabeth, née Owen. Educated at Christ's Hospital, London, he sailed as midshipman to New Zealand about 1880. He was a clerk with the Bank of Australasia, Wanganui, when at Christchurch he married Penelope Ealinor Mary, daughter of Thomas M. H. Johnston, an engineer, on 12 December 1888. Cox later...

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Robert Burdett Smith (1837–1895)

Robert Burdett Smith (1837-1895), solicitor and politician, was born on 25 August 1837 in Sydney, baptized Robert Lloyd, twin son of John Lloyd Smith and his wife Mary Ann, née Salmon. John, a native...

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