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Sir Henry Edward Bolte (1908–1990)

Sir Henry Edward Bolte

Sir Henry Edward Bolte (1908-1990), farmer and premier, was born on 20 May 1908 at Ballarat East, elder son of Victorian-born parents James Henry (Harry) Bolte, miner, and his wife Anna Jane, née Martin. Harry was also a moderately successful handyman, shepherd and occasional prospector. His German parents had fled to England in 1847 and then migrated to Victoria in 1852. Anna’s maternal grandparents were also of German origin. In 1892 her mother had married a second time, to William Warren. When...

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John Gurner Burnell (1885–1967)

John Gurner Burnell (1885-1967), engineer, was born on 21 January 1885 at Paddington, Sydney, eldest son of native-born parents Hubert Gray Burnell, bank manager, and his wife Emeline Kate, née Wills....

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