Australian Dictionary of Biography

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The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

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The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.


* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

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Robert Mather (1782–1855)

Robert Mather

Robert Mather (1782?-1855), retailer, was born on 1 May 1782? at Lauder near Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England, eldest son of Andrew Mather, blacksmith and farrier, and his wife Agnes, née Hamilton. He had little formal education but developed a sturdy, practical and independent character. At 14 he went to London, where he was apprenticed to a Scottish hosier for seven years and then set up for himself and became a member of the Weavers' Company and a freeman of the city. In the new...

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Margaret Stella (Meg) Lee (1923–1987)

Margaret Stella (Meg) Lee

Margaret Stella Lee  (1923-1987), actress, was born on 20 June 1923 at Leichhardt, Sydney, daughter of John Llewellin Hogg, dentist at Camden, and his wife Margaret Clara, née Draper, formerly...

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