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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Ainslie Dixon Meares (1910–1986)

Ainslie Dixon Meares

Ainslie Dixon Meares (1910-1986), psychiatrist, was born on 3 March 1910 at Sandringham, Melbourne, eldest son of Victorian-born parents Albert George Meares, medical practitioner, and his wife Eva Gertrude, née Ham (d.1926).  Ainslie’s grandfathers, George Meares and C.J. Ham, were both successful businessmen and lord mayors of Melbourne.  Taught by a governess at home at Toorak until aged 10, Meares then attended Melbourne Church of England Grammar School.  At first shy, introverted...

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Edward David Dobbie (1857–1915)

Edward David Dobbie (1857-1915), judge, was born on 22 February 1857 in Dublin, son of Richard Dobbie, upholsterer, and his wife Jane, née Gill. Migrating to Tasmania with his parents about 1858, he was...

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