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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Yirawala (1897–1976)


Yirawala (c.1897-1976), artist and Aboriginal elder, was a member of the Naborn clan of Gunwinggu language speakers whose traditional lands lie in the Marugulidban (also called Morgaleetbah) region straddling the Liverpool River, south-west of Maningrida, Northern Territory. He was born in his home country. The date of his birth is not known but in 1970 he gave his age as 73. His father was Nowaritj, a religious leader and keeper of his people's sacred symbols and cave galleries of rock paintings;...

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Sir William Ian Potter (1902–1994)

Sir William Ian Potter

Sir William Ian Potter (1902–1994), financier, philanthropist, and patron of the arts, was born on 25 August 1902 at Scarborough, Sydney, third of four children of English-born James William Potter,...

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