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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Roland Shakespeare Wakelin (1887–1971)

Roland Shakespeare Wakelin

Roland Shakespeare Wakelin (1887-1971), artist, was born on 17 April 1887 at Greytown, New Zealand, youngest of seven children of Richard Alfred Wakelin, an English-born timber merchant, and his wife Emily, née Noakes, from Auckland. Roland began sketching and painting as a boy. Educated at Wellington Technical School on a scholarship in 1902-03, while employed with the Land and Income Tax Department he continued night and Saturday art classes at the school under Henri Bastings and H. Linley Richardson...

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Francesco Sceusa (1851–1919)

Francesco Sceusa (1851-1919), socialist, was born on 21 November 1851 at Trapani, Sicily, son of Giuseppe Sceusa, grocer, and his wife Concetta, née Cavasino. As a boy he witnessed the events of the...

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