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Frank Dalby Davison (1893–1970)

Frank Dalby Davison

Frank Dalby Davison (1893-1970), writer, was born on 23 June 1893 at Hawthorn, Melbourne, and registered as Frederick Douglas, eldest child of Victorian-born parents Frederick Davison (1868-1942), printer, and his wife Amelia, née Watterson. Frederick senior was raised at Sandhurst (Bendigo) where he was apprenticed to a printer. In 1890 he opened a printing business in Melbourne and subsequently joined the Australian Natives' Association whose journal, Advance Australia, he edited and published...

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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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Eugene Patrick (Paddy) O'Neill (1874–1953)

Eugene Patrick (Paddy) O'Neill (1874-1953), sanitary-carter and trade unionist, was born on 19 June 1874 at Wentworth, New South Wales, seventh of nine children of Irish-born parents James Francis O'Neill,...

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