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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.


 

New Project Launched!

Jimmy Clements

Explore the ADB’s new project The Quest for Indigenous Recognition produced by the National Centre of Biography, ANU, and Professor Mark McKenna. Launched by the Hon. Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians, on 11 September 2023, it details 23 key historical events in the long journey to the 2023 Referendum on the Voice.

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3 April 2024

New entries March 2024

The following entries have been added to the ADB throughout March 2024.
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18 March 2024

Entries included in volume 20

The following list contains the names of all the people who will be included in volume 20 of the ADB.
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1 March 2024

New ADB entries

The following entries have been added to the ADB throughout February 2024.
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Born This Day

Sir Vernon Ashton Hobart Sturdee (1890–1966)

Sir Vernon Ashton Hobart Sturdee

Sir Vernon Ashton Hobart Sturdee (1890-1966), army officer, was born on 16 April 1890 at Frankston, Victoria, son of Alfred Hobart Sturdee, a medical practitioner from England, and his Victorian-born...

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