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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Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger (1883–1959)

Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger

Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger (1883-1959), footballer, was born on 12 April 1883 at Balmain, Sydney, third son of Charles Amos Messenger, boatbuilder, from Middlesex, England, and his Melbourne-born wife Anne Frances, née Atkinson. Nicknamed 'Dally' after W. B. Dalley, he was educated at Double Bay Public School, where he played football. He then worked in the family boatshed, in the down-at-heel fishing and ferrying enclave within the otherwise upper-class harbour-side eastern suburbs. Messenger's...

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Louisa Alice Brown (1875–1959)

Louisa Alice Brown (1875-1959), factory inspector, was born on 22 July 1875 in Adelaide, daughter of Henry Thomas Brown, carpenter, and his wife Catherine, née Toohill. After leaving school, Louisa worked...

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