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Charles Webb (1821–1898)

Charles Webb

Charles Webb (1821-1898), architect, was born on 26 November 1821 at Sudbury, Suffolk, England, son of William Webb, builder, and his wife Elizabeth, née Hayward. The youngest of nine children, he attended Sudbury Academy and was later apprenticed to a London architect. In 1847 he was secretary of a short-lived London Architectural Students' Society. His brother James (1808-1870) had migrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1830, married Susannah Wellard at Hobart Town in 1833 and crossed to Port Phillip...

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John Mann (1905–1994)

John Mann

John Mann (1905–1994), entomologist, was born on 13 August 1905 at Greenmount, near Toowoomba, Queensland, second son of John Edward Mann, a locally born farmer, and his Sydney-born wife Millicent, née...

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