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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James Moore (1834–1904)

James Moore

James Moore (1834-1904), Roman Catholic bishop, was born on 29 June 1834 at Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, where his uncle was a priest and guided him towards the Church. After three years at a 'classical' school in Tralee he entered All Hallows Missionary College in 1852 but showed little aptitude for studies. Ordained a priest for Melbourne he volunteered as chaplain in the Annie Wilson. Beginning as curate of St Francis's, he was soon promoted to parish priest because of his zeal. Ill health...

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Harry Arthur Curtis (1882–1933)

Harry Arthur Curtis (1882-1933), engineer, was born on 6 June 1882 at Lyttelton, New Zealand, son of English-born parents Charles Evin Curtis, coal merchant, and his wife Eliza, née Westgate. Educated...

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