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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.

See what distinguished Australians are saying about the ADB.

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 Alister McMullin (1900–1984)

Sir Alister McMullin

Sir Alister McMullin (1900-1984), grazier and politician, was born on 14 July 1900 at Bingeberry, Rouchel, New South Wales, youngest of seven children of New South Wales-born parents William George McMullin, grazier, and his wife Catherine, née McDonald. Educated at Rouchel Public School, after his father’s death in 1928 Alister bought Yarramoor, where he raised prime lambs. He took a keen interest in local government and served on the Upper Hunter Shire Council, the local Pastures Protection...

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Nathaniel Barclay (1894–1962)

Nathaniel Barclay

Nathaniel Barclay (1894-1962), soldier settler and politician, was born on 1 October 1894 at Adavoile, Armagh, Ireland, son of Jonathan Barclay, farmer, and his wife Alice, née Turner. Nat attended the...

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