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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Archibald Henry Peake (1859–1920)

Archibald Henry Peake

Archibald Henry Peake (1859-1920), premier, was born on 15 January 1859 at Chelsea, London, ninth child of Robert Peake, coach-trimmer and later teacher, and his second wife Mary, née Hunt. They migrated to Victoria in 1862 and two years later moved to South Australia. Archibald's father taught him and later he was tutored in ancient history, logic and the classics. He developed an interest in literature and contributed numerous articles to the press. Peake was clerk to the Naracoorte District...

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Oswald Hewlett Sargent (1880–1952)

Oswald Hewlett Sargent (1880-1952), pharmacist and amateur botanist, was born on 5 December 1880 at Selly Oak near Birmingham, England, son of Obeithio Sargent, photographer and pharmacist, and his wife...

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