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

Guy George Egerton Wylly (1880–1962)

Guy George Egerton Wylly

Guy George Egerton Wylly (1880-1962), army officer, was born on 17 February 1880 in Hobart, son of Edward Arthur Egerton Wylly, an Indian Army officer, and his wife Henrietta Mary, née Clerk. As an infant Guy went to India with his parents. In 1885 the family settled at Sandy Bay, Hobart, where he attended The Hutchins School before completing his education at the Collegiate School of St Peter, Adelaide.

Read more

What’s New

1996 Entries

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

17 December 2020

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes, no. 21
Read more ...

23 December 2019

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes no. 20
Read more ...

17 April 2019

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes no.19
Read more ...

All news
Born This Day

Francis Walter (Frank) Lundie (1866–1933)

Francis Walter (Frank) Lundie

Francis Walter (Frank) Lundie (1866-1933), union official, was born on 1 March 1866 at Port Adelaide, son of John Lundie, railway labourer, and his wife Maryann Josephine, née Moran. He attended Port...

Read more

All births on this day

All deaths on this day