Australian Dictionary of Biography

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ADB Entries

Each ADB entry comprises all or most of the following elements, generally in the order listed here:

  • occupational description
  • birth date and place
  • parents' full names
  • parents' occupations at the time the subject was born
  • subject's education
  • chronological sketch of career
  • family details (marriage and children)
  • distinctions gained
  • critical assessment of his or her work or place in Australian history
  • evaluation of his or her character
  • physical description
  • religious denomination
  • publications
  • portraits and their location
  • death - cause (given for subjects who died at age 70 or younger)
  • death - date and place - details of burial or whether cremated
  • select bibliography of the major references used in the compilation of the entry