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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Edward Charles Frome (1802–1890)

Edward Charles Frome

Edward Charles Frome (1802-1890), soldier and surveyor, was born on 7 January 1802 at Gibraltar, the son of Rev. J. T. Frome of Woodlands, Dorset, England. He was educated at Bexley and Blackheath, and at 15 entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He received his commission in the Royal Engineers in 1825 (lieutenant, 1826; captain, 1840) and served on the construction of the Rideau Canal in Canada in 1827-33. Two years later he wrote his Outline of the method of conducting a trigonometrical...

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Harold Vere Chumleigh (1880–1970)

Harold Vere Chumleigh (1880?-1970), soldier, is believed to have been born on 2 October 1880 at Carstairs, Lanarkshire, Scotland; however, no record of his birth is available and he often gave conflicting...

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