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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.


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Elia Ware (1911–1987)

Elia Ware

Elia Ware (1911–1987), soldier and Torres Strait Islander activist, was born on 8 December 1911 at (a location later known as ‘Ware Corner’) Wag, Moa Island, Queensland, one of six children of Alfred Aviu Pigin Ware, born on Erub (Darnley Island), and his wife Gaiba Petrie, born on Mabuiag Island. His paternal grandparents, Ned Cutay Ware of Ouvéa Island, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, and Uruba Demag of Mabuiag Island, were the first family to settle at Wag (later St Paul), Moa Island, in...

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Brigid McGuigan (1842–1923)

Brigid McGuigan (1842-1923), Sister of Charity, was born on 16 January 1842 at Braidwood, New South Wales, second of ten daughters of John McGuigan, native-born grazier, and his wife Ellen, née Foran....

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