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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Bennelong (1764–1813)

Bennelong

Bennelong (1764?-1813), Aboriginal man, was captured in November 1789 and brought to the settlement at Sydney Cove by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, who hoped to learn from him more of the natives' customs and language. Bennelong took readily to life among the white men, relished their food, acquired a taste for liquor, learned to speak English and became particularly attached to the governor, in whose house he lodged. In May he escaped, and no more was seen of him until September when he was...

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2 October 2014

Leichhardt map

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Samuel Fogo Cochran (1898–1972)

Samuel Fogo Cochran (1898-1972), public servant and administrator, was born on 30 May 1898 at Glasgow, Scotland, son of David McGilvray Cochran, journeyman ironturner, and his wife Agnes Clelland, née...

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