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 1991-1995* *

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John Howard Vaughan (1879–1955)

John Howard Vaughan

Crawford Vaughan (1874-1947), premier and journalist, and John Howard Vaughan (1879-1955), lawyer and politician, were brothers. Crawford was born on 14 July 1874 in Adelaide, eldest son of Alfred Vaughan, civil servant, and his wife Louisa, née Williams; Crawford's grandfathers had been Chartists. From Norwood and Marryatville public schools, he attended Prince Alfred College in 1888-89. Beginning his working life as a clerk, he ventured briefly to the Western Australian goldfields, returned to...

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Ellis Andrew Stones (1895–1975)

Ellis Andrew Stones (1895-1975), garden designer, was born on 1 October 1895 at Wodonga, Victoria, only son and second of four children of Thomas James Stones, customs officer, and his wife Hannah May,...

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