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Sir Thomas à Beckett (1836–1919)

Sir Thomas à Beckett

Sir Thomas à Beckett (1836-1919), judge, was born on 31 August 1836 in London, son of Thomas Turner à Beckett. The family arrived at Melbourne in the Andromache in January 1851. He had been at private schools in England and in Melbourne went to a private school run by Rev. William Trollope, although he found the move disrupted his education. After leaving school he became a clerk in the office of the master in equity. Soon afterwards he decided to return to England to complete his legal education...

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ADB volume 19

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Sir Harold George Alderson (1890–1978)

Sir Harold George Alderson (1890-1978), sports administrator, was born on 18 August 1890 at Balmain, Sydney, second child of James Bull Alderson, architect, and his wife Lilias Maud, née Smith, both Sydneysiders....

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