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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William Arthur Mordey Blackett (1873–1962)

William Arthur Mordey Blackett

William Arthur Mordey Blackett (1873-1962), architect, was born on 18 September 1873 at Fitzroy, Victoria, eldest son of Cuthbert Robert Blackett, chemist, and his second wife Margaretta, née Palmer. He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, was articled to H. J. Proctor, and won several prizes in student competitions sponsored by the Australasian Builder and Contractor's News. In 1895-97 he worked as a draftsman in the Department of Railways and Public Works of Western Australia, and designed...

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George Gordon McCrae (1833–1927)

George Gordon McCrae

George Gordon McCrae (1833-1927), poet and man of letters, was born on 29 May 1833 in Leith, Scotland, eldest son of Andrew Murison McCrae, writer to the signet, and his wife Georgiana Huntly McCrae....

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