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Dame Ivy Evelyn Annie Wedgwood (1896–1975)

Dame Ivy Evelyn Annie Wedgwood

Dame Ivy Evelyn Annie Wedgwood (1896-1975), politician, was born on 18 October 1896 at Malvern, Melbourne, daughter of Victorian-born parents Albert Drury, farmer, and his wife Elizabeth, née Evans. Educated in Melbourne, Ivy worked as a clerk and later an accountant with a firm of importers. At St Thomas's Church, Essendon, on 7 October 1921 she married with Anglican rites Jack Kearns Wedgwood, a Woodend motor mechanic, war veteran and descendant of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), the master potter....

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22 December 2022

Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes, no 23
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22 November 2022

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Six new entries have been added to the ADB.
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19 August 2022

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Philip Harrhy Jones (1931–1994)

Philip Harrhy Jones (1931–1994), professor of environmental engineering, was born on 30 January 1931 at Tredegar, Wales, son of Reginald Salisbury Jones, master decorator and house painter, and his wife...

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