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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Augustus Frederick Greeves (1805–1874)

Augustus Frederick Greeves

Augustus Frederick Adolphus Greeves (1805-1874), physician, politician and newspaper editor, was born at Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England, son of John Greeves, merchant, and his wife, née Wilkinson. He studied medicine at Edinburgh (L.R.C.S., 1827) and in England (M.R.C.S., 1828) and practised at Knaresborough and Harrowgate. In 1840 he migrated to Port Phillip in the Lord Goderich.

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Thomas Joseph (Tom) Hartigan (1877–1963)

Thomas Joseph (Tom) Hartigan (1877-1963), railways commissioner, was born on 8 December 1877 at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, eighth child of Irish-born parents Michael Hartigan, letter carrier, and his wife...

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