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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Arthur Max Allen (1891–1979)

Arthur Max Allen

Arthur Max Allen (1891-1979), surveyor-general and soldier, was born on 21 February 1891 at Leichhardt, Sydney, son of Arthur Allen, railways clerk, and his wife Ethel Beatrice, née Primrose, both native-born. Educated at public schools and privately while his father was district superintendent of railways at Murrurundi, Max joined the Department of Lands in 1908 as a cadet draughtsman and was stationed at Tamworth and Armidale. He was licensed in 1913 and worked as a temporary salaried surveyor...

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Leichhardt map

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John Alexander (Jack) Ferguson (1903–1969)

John Alexander (Jack) Ferguson (1903-1969), trade unionist, politician and public servant, was born on 31 May 1903 at Glen Innes, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Alexander Ferguson, miner,...

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