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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Hugh Mahon (1857–1931)

Hugh Mahon

Hugh Mahon (1857-1931), journalist and politician, was born on 6 January 1857 at Killurine, near Tullamore, King's County, Ireland, thirteenth child of James Mahon, farmer, and his wife Anna, née McEvoy. Educated by the Christian Brothers, he was taken to the United States of America with his family in 1867, where, in hard conditions, he learned printing from 'Yankee bloodsuckers'.

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Thomas Michael Slattery (1844–1920)

Thomas Michael Slattery (1844-1920), civil servant, solicitor and politician, was born on 17 December 1844 at Greenane, Tipperary, Ireland, son of Edmund Slattery, police officer, and his wife Alice, née...

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