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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Isaac Sherwin (1804–1869)

Isaac Sherwin

Isaac Sherwin (1804-1869), merchant, was born on 24 April 1804 at Burslem, Staffordshire, England, a son of John Sherwin (1780?-1853), merchant, and his wife Elizabeth. After education in England he went at 12 to Germany, where he had five years experience in merchandising. He arrived with his family in Van Diemen's Land in January 1823 and lived on his father's grant, Sherwood, on the River Clyde near Bothwell. He went to England and Germany in 1825 and returned to Van Diemen's Land in July 1829....

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John Stokes Bagshaw (1808–1888)

John Stokes Bagshaw

John Stokes Bagshaw (1808-1888), manufacturer of agricultural machinery, was born on 15 August 1808 at Chetwynd, Shropshire, England, son of Edward Bagshaw, a rich farmer of Pilson, and his wife Margaret....

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