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Susan Grace Benny (1872–1944)

Susan Grace Benny

Susan Grace Benny (1872-1944), local government councillor and housewife, was born on 4 October 1872 in the Crown Inn, Adelaide, daughter of Peter Anderson, a farmer at Morphett Vale, and his wife Agnes Ellen, née Harriot. The Andersons later owned Springfield, a sheep-station on Yorke Peninsula; Grace, whose mother died when she was nine, grew up there. Later she went to a small boarding-school for girls at McLaren Vale, then returned home and taught her younger sisters. On 16 July 1896 at Springfield,...

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1996 Entries

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29 March 2021

ADB volume 19

ADB volume 19 published
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17 December 2020

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes, no. 21
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23 December 2019

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes no. 20
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Walter Edward (Bob) James (1905–1991)

Walter Edward Senior James (1905-1991), journalist and wine writer, was born on 22 June 1905 in London, the youngest of four children of (Sir) Walter Hartwell James, agent general and former premier of...

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