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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Charles McDonald (1860–1925)

Charles McDonald

Charles McDonald (1860-1925), watchmaker and politician, was born on 25 August 1860 in North Melbourne, son of Charles Thomas Young McDonald, confectioner, and his wife Harriet, née Pape. The family moved around four colonies and McDonald left the public school at Mudgee, New South Wales, to become an apprentice printer. He later transferred to watchmaking, and worked as a tradesman in New South Wales before establishing his own business at Charters Towers, Queensland, in 1888.

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Joseph Patrick Taylor (1908–1976)

Joseph Patrick Taylor (1908-1976), casino-operator and gambler, was born on 24 November 1908 in Sydney, son of native-born parents Edmund Barton Taylor, hotel cellarman, and his wife Norah Catherine, née...

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