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Thomas Walter (Tom) Mitchell (1906–1984)

Thomas Walter (Tom) Mitchell

Thomas Walter Mitchell (1906-1984), barrister, politician and skier, was born at Towong, Victoria, on 11 November 1906, son of Victorian-born Walter Edward Mitchell, grazier, and his Sydney-born wife Winifred Hatton, née Dibbs. Educated at Cranbrook School, Sydney, Tom went to England and entered Jesus College, Cambridge (BA, 1929; MA, 1932). He was admitted to the Inns of Court on 30 April 1926 and called to the Bar at the Inner Temple on 29 April 1931. While at Cambridge he had developed a passion...

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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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Augustus Albert (Gus) Parish (1912–1967)

Augustus Albert (Gus) Parish (1912-1967), metallurgist, was born on 13 April 1912 at Charlton, Victoria, fifth child of Victorian-born parents George Parish, farmer, and his wife Alice Clara, née Peverill....

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