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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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New Project Launched!

Jimmy Clements

Explore the ADB’s new project The Quest for Indigenous Recognition produced by the National Centre of Biography, ANU, and Professor Mark McKenna. Launched by the Hon. Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians, on 11 September 2023, it details 23 key historical events in the long journey to the 2023 Referendum on the Voice.

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1 May 2024

New entries April 2024

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3 April 2024

New entries March 2024

The following entries have been added to the ADB throughout March 2024.
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18 March 2024

Entries included in volume 20

The following list contains the names of all the people who will be included in volume 20 of the ADB.
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Born This Day

John Ridley (1806–1887)

John Ridley

John Ridley (1806-1887), miller, inventor and preacher, was born on 26 May 1806 at West Boldon, near Sunderland, Durham, England, the son of John and Mary Ridley, who were cousins. His formal education...

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