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 Ross Macpherson Smith (1892–1922)

Sir Ross Macpherson Smith

Sir Keith Macpherson Smith (1890-1955) and Sir Ross Macpherson Smith (1892-1922), airmen, were born on 20 December 1890 in Adelaide, and on 4 December 1892 at Semaphore, Adelaide, sons of Scottish-born Andrew Bell Smith, station manager, and his wife Jessie, née Macpherson, born in Western Australia. In 1897 Andrew Smith became the manager of the Mutooroo Pastoral Co. and Mutooroo station, a property of some 3000 sq. miles (7700 km²). Both Keith and Ross were educated at Queen's School, Adelaide...

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Paul Langton Grano (1894–1975)

Paul Langton Grano (1894-1975), journalist and poet, was born on 22 October 1894 at Ararat, Victoria, fifth child of Theodore George Grano, barrister, and his wife Kate Cecilia, née Patten, both of...

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