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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James Dunlop (1793–1848)

James Dunlop

James Dunlop (1793-1848), astronomer, was born on 31 October 1793 at Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of John Dunlop, weaver, and his wife Janet, née Boyle. After primary level his education was at night-school in Beith where he worked in a thread factory. He was constructing telescopes at 17, and some ten years later an acquaintance with Sir Thomas Brisbane developed his interest in astronomy. When appointed governor of New South Wales, Brisbane resolved to establish an observatory, and chose...

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Olive Dorothy Rowe (1888–1979)

Olive Dorothy Rowe (1888-1979), ballroom dancer, was born on 22 April 1888 at Darlinghurst, Sydney, third child of Hogarth Crawford, a shorthand writer from Scotland, and his Victorian-born wife Rhoda...

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