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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Daniel Murphy (1815–1907)

Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy (1815-1907), Catholic archbishop, was born on 15 June 1815 at Belmont, County Cork, Ireland, son of Michael Murphy and his wife Mary, née McSweeney. Educated at a local seminary and Maynooth College, he was ordained priest on 9 June 1838. Refused permission to go to Australia with Dr W. Ullathorne, he volunteered for missionary service under Dr John Fennelly, vicar-apostolic of Madras; he reached India in 1839 and was sent to Hyderabad. In 1845 Rome agreed to Fennelly's request for...

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Godfrey Westacott (1888–1977)

Godfrey Westacott (1888-1977), journalist, was born on 21 August 1888 at Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, third of eight children of William Westacott, an English-born joiner, and his wife Alice, née Jones,...

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