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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.

See what distinguished Australians are saying about the ADB.

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 James Manning (1841–1898)

Charles James Manning

Charles James Manning (1841-1898), judge, was born on 10 July 1841 at Balmain, Sydney, the second son of Edye Manning and his wife Fanny Elizabeth, née Turner. In 1847 he went to England with his parents and was educated in Devonshire and in 1855-61 at Winchester College; he matriculated and entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A., 1864). He was called to the Bar of Lincoln's Inn on 17 November 1865 and practised on the western circuit before returning to Sydney where he was admitted to...

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Thomas Kenneth Morrison (1911–1983)

Thomas Kenneth Morrison

Thomas Kenneth Morrison (1911-1983), naval officer, was born on 31 October 1911 at Windsor, Melbourne, second child of Tasmanian-born Leonard Neil Morrison, schoolteacher, and his Victorian-born wife...

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