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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Irving Hetherington (1809–1875)

Irving Hetherington

Irving Hetherington (1809-1875), Presbyterian minister, was born on 23 June 1809 at Whaite, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, son of Richard Hetherton, farmer, and his wife Louise, née Carruthers. He adopted the name of Hetherington, entered the University of Edinburgh in 1825 and was licensed by the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lochmaben on 3 August 1835. Eskdalemuir desired him as minister but the Duke of Buccleuch presented the living to another. After a time Hetherington accepted appointment as missionary...

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Sir Reginald George Pollard (1903–1978)

Sir Reginald George Pollard

Sir Reginald George Pollard (1903-1978), army officer, was born on 20 January 1903 at Bathurst, New South Wales, third son of Albert Edgar Pollard, an accountant from England, and his Australian-born wife...

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