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David Henry Drummond (1890–1965)

David Henry Drummond

David Henry Drummond (1890-1965), farmer and politician, was born on 11 February 1890 at Lewisham, Sydney, fourth son of Scottish parents Morris Cook Drummond (d.1896) stonemason, and his wife Catherine (d.1892), née McMillan. He was educated at public schools and, in 1901, at Scots College until financial problems forced him to leave in May 1902 to begin work. In October he came into the custody of the New South Wales State Children's Relief Board as a ward of the state.

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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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Nene Gare (1914–1994)

Nene Gare

Nene Gare (1914–1994), writer and artist, was born on 9 May 1914 at Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia, and named Doris Violet May, fourth of seven children of locally born parents John Henry Wadham,...

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