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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Sir David John Gordon (1865–1946)

Sir David John Gordon

Sir David John Gordon (1865-1946), journalist and politician, was born on 4 May 1865 at Riverton, South Australia, son of Thomas Gordon, carpenter, miller and farmer, and his wife Ann, née Stewart; they were both from Scotland. David received an elementary education at J. S. C. Cole's Stanley Grammar School, Watervale. His family moved to Yorke Peninsula and at 11 he was on a farm working large teams of horses. He then took a job with the Port Adelaide branch of John Darling & Son, grain merchants...

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Sybil Mary Frances Craig (1901–1989)

Sybil Mary Frances Craig (1901-1989), artist, was born on 18 November 1901 at Southgate, London, only child of Australian-born parents Matthew Francis Craig, architect and surveyor, and his wife Winifred...

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