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Ezekiel Alexander Baker (1823–1912)

Ezekiel Alexander Baker

Ezekiel Alexander Baker (1823-1912), politician, was born at Middlesex, England, son of Ezekiel John Baker, firearms manufacturer, and his wife Elizabeth, née Burgess. He was trained in his father's business, which had contracts with the East India Co. and the Board of Ordnance; he also studied mineralogy and mining. In 1853 he emigrated to New South Wales as mineralogist to an English company that failed after prospecting for gold in the Tamworth district. Baker then prospected for himself at various...

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Sydney Harold Deamer (1891–1962)

Sydney Harold Deamer (1891-1962), newspaper editor, was born on 1 December 1891 at Avondale Square, off the Old Kent Road, London, son of Rhoda Deamer. After Rhoda emigrated to North America, Syd was...

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