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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Ratcliffe Pring (1825–1885)

Ratcliffe Pring

Ratcliffe Pring (1825-1885), lawyer and politician, was born on 17 October 1825 at Crediton, Devon, England, second son of Thomas Pring, a landed solicitor and clerk of the peace in Devon, and his wife Anne, née Dunne. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School at Crediton and Shrewsbury School, he studied law for one year in his father's office, two years with a conveyancer and two more with a special pleader in London. In 1849 he was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple. He practised at the...

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Edward David Williams (1842–1909)

Edward David Williams (1842-1909), businessman and politician, was born on 24 September 1842 at Talerddig, Montgomeryshire, Wales, son of Edward Williams, miller, and his wife Ann, née Howells. Educated...

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