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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John Henry Cann (1860–1940)

John Henry Cann

John Henry Cann (1860-1940), politician and railway administrator, and George Cann (1871-1948), politician, were born on 19 April 1860 at Horrabridge, Sampford Spiney, Devonshire, and on 30 May 1871 at Shankhouse, Cramlington, Northumberland, England, sons of Richard Cann, signalman, and his wife Rebecca, née Sowden. John Henry moved with his family to Northumberland in 1866; at 9 he was a trapper in a coal-mine, continuing as a miner until he went to London in 1882 and worked as a porter and...

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Ellis Harvey Davies (1882–1942)

Ellis Harvey Davies (1882-1942), engineer and wartime public servant, was born on 26 June 1882 at Warwick, Queensland, eldest child of Australian-born parents Henry Michael Davies, grazier of Rosenthal...

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