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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John Cyril Hawes (1876–1956)

John Cyril Hawes

John Cyril Hawes (1876-1956), architect and priest, was born on 7 September 1876 at Richmond, Surrey, England, third son of Edward Hawes, solicitor, and his wife Amelia Mariana, née Boult. Educated at Brighton and at the King's School, Canterbury, he was greatly influenced by the splendour of Canterbury Cathedral and showed an early talent for drawing. In London in 1893 he was articled to Edmeston & Gabriel, architects, and attended lectures at the Architectural Association School and at the...

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23 December 2019

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Mary Eliza (Minnie) Gaunt (1861–1942)

Mary Eliza (Minnie) Gaunt

Mary Eliza Bakewell Gaunt (1861-1942), novelist and traveller, was born on 20 February 1861 at Indigo, Victoria, daughter of William Henry Gaunt, police magistrate and later judge, and his wife Elizabeth...

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