Australian Dictionary of Biography

  • Tip: searches only the name field
  • Tip: Use double quotes to search for a phrase

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

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.

See what distinguished Australians are saying about the ADB.

The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.

* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

Feature Article

Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger (1883–1959)

Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger

Herbert Henry (Dally) Messenger (1883-1959), footballer, was born on 12 April 1883 at Balmain, Sydney, third son of Charles Amos Messenger, boatbuilder, from Middlesex, England, and his Melbourne-born wife Anne Frances, née Atkinson. Nicknamed 'Dally' after W. B. Dalley, he was educated at Double Bay Public School, where he played football. He then worked in the family boatshed, in the down-at-heel fishing and ferrying enclave within the otherwise upper-class harbour-side eastern suburbs. Messenger's...

Read more

What’s New

1996 Entries

Browse through the list of articles for people who died in 1996

28 August 2021

Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives

Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives project: Lives of the Men and Women of the House
Read more ...

29 March 2021

ADB volume 19

ADB volume 19 published
Read more ...

17 December 2020

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes, no. 21
Read more ...

All news
Born This Day

John Damianos Andronicus (1894–1973)

John Damianos Andronicus (1894-1973), coffee merchant, was born on 23 October 1894 at Mylopatamo (Potamós), Kithira, Greece, youngest of eleven children of Damianos Nicholas Andronicus, fisherman,...

Read more

All births on this day

All deaths on this day