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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Harry Richards (1903–1971)

Harry Richards

Harry Richards (1903-1971), soldier and labourer, was born on 24 December 1903 at Normanville, South Australia, son of Christian William Theodor Richards, farmer, and his wife Edith Maud May, née Treloar. Nothing is known of Harry's education. In 1926 he joined the South Australian police force and was stationed in Adelaide. Five ft 11 ins (180 cm) tall, he had brown eyes, brown hair and a solid build. At the Methodist Church, Edwardstown, on 4 April 1927 he married Elsie Offen, née Smith,...

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Joyce Mary Snelling (1904-1988), army officer, was born on 15 December 1904 in Sydney, only child of New South Wales-born Robert Dunstan Holden, agent, and his wife Minnie Hamilton, formerly Scott. ...

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