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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Elias Carpenter Weekes (1809–1881)

Elias Carpenter Weekes

Elias Carpenter Weekes (1809-1881), ironmonger and politician, was born on 13 July 1809 in London, youngest son of John Weekes, naval shipwright at Chatham dockyard, and his wife Elizabeth, née Orton. After a commercial career in England he migrated about 1837 to New South Wales with his wife Margaret (d.1839), daughter of Dr W. F. Wye, whom he had married at Newington Butts, London, probably in 1830. After working for a Sydney merchant, in 1842 he acquired the Travellers' Rest Inn on the Murrumbidgee....

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Sir John Robertson (1816–1891)

Sir John Robertson

Sir John Robertson (1816-1891), land reformer and politician, was born on 15 October 1816 at Bow near London, third son and fourth child of James Robertson (1781-1868), watchmaker and pastoralist, and...

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