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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Frederick William Bamford (1849–1934)

Frederick William Bamford

Frederick William Bamford (1849-1934), politician, was born at Dubbo, New South Wales, on 11 February 1849, son of Frederick Bamford, builder, and his wife Mary Anne, née McKay. He was educated at Toowomba, Queensland, where his family lived from 1854. Apprenticed to a carpenter at 14, he probably worked round Toowoomba for nearly twenty years; he was married there on 7 September 1871 to Mary Ann Miller.

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Arthur Charles Jeston Richardson (1872–1939)

Arthur Charles Jeston Richardson (1872-1939), cyclist and mining engineer, was born on 23 February 1872 at Pernambuco (Recife), Brazil, one of ten children of Arthur Richardson, physician, and his wife...

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