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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Charles Wightman Sievwright (1800–1855)

Charles Wightman Sievwright

Charles Wightman Sievwright (1800-1855), soldier and protector of Aborigines, was born on 31 March 1800 in Edinburgh, third of seven children of Andrew Sievwright, a solicitor and merchant burgess, and...

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