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 Walter Paul Osborn McCutcheon (1899–1983)

Sir Walter Paul Osborn McCutcheon

Sir Walter Paul Osborn McCutcheon (1899-1983), architect, was born on 8 April 1899 at Armadale, Melbourne, second of six children of Victorian-born parents Walter Bothwell McCutcheon, solicitor, and his wife Elizabeth, née Osborne. Raised in a strict Methodist household, Osborn was educated at Wesley College and in 1917 began attending lectures in architecture at the Working Men’s College, Melbourne. In 1918 he was articled to the prominent Melbourne architects Bates, Peebles & Smart, the...

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John Lloyd Preece (1895–1969)

Frederick William Preece (1857-1928), and John Lloyd Preece (1895-1969), booksellers and publishers, were father and son. Frederick was born on 17 September 1857 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England,...

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