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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James Swanton Waugh (1822–1898)

James Swanton Waugh

James Swanton Waugh (1822-1898), Wesleyan clergyman, was born on 22 March 1822 at Newtownbarry, County Wexford, Ireland, son of Rev. John Waugh, of the Irish Wesleyan Conference, and his wife Sarah, née Swanton. He was educated at private schools and at the Royal School, Dungannon. In 1837 he was indentured to a physician and surgeon in Dublin but decided to prepare for the ministry and went to the Wesleyan Theological Institution at Hoxton near London. Ordained in 1840 he was appointed to Dublin...

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11 June 2015

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2 October 2014

Leichhardt map

Check out the ADB's new digital map of Leichhardt's expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844-45
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1 August 2014

Biography Footnotes

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Edwin Arthur Vincent Sheldon (1895–1945)

Eliza Jeanettie Sheldon (1885-1974), art-dealer, and Edwin Arthur Vincent Sheldon (1895-1945), artist, were born on 24 May 1885 at Williamstown, Victoria, and 3 July 1895 in South Brisbane, eldest and...

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