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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Harold James Barker (1913–1969)

Harold James Barker

Harold James Barker (1913-1969), air force officer, was born on 29 November 1913 at Gayndah, Queensland, third child of James Frederick Barker, crown lands ranger, and his wife Mary Christina, née Barth, both Queenslanders. Having served in the South African War and World War I, James remained in the Australian Military Forces as a Militia officer and retired in 1931 as an honorary lieutenant colonel. Harold was educated at South State and at the Christian Brothers' Sacred Heart Boys' High schools,...

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Frank Augustus Chaffey (1888–1940)

Frank Augustus Chaffey

Frank Augustus Chaffey (1888-1940), farmer and politician, was born on 31 March 1888 at Rock View near Moonbi, New South Wales, sixth son of William Adolphus Chaffey, farmer from Somerset, England, and...

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