Australian Dictionary of Biography

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New ADB entries

Friday 1 March 2024

The following entries have been added to the ADB throughout February 2024:


Afford, Thelma May (1907–1996) art teacher, actor and costume designer

Auld, Elizabeth (Lizzie) (1901–1998) journalist

Benier, Frank (1919–1998) cartoonist and painter

Clark, Mavis Thorpe (1909–1999) author

Howard, Jenny (1902–1996) comedian, actress and singer

Meeuwissen, Susan Elizabeth (Sue) (1962–2000) anti-smoking activist and disability rights campaigner

Smith, Donald Sydney (Don) (1920–1998) opera singer

Tolmer, Alexander Richard (Alex) (1914–1998) army officer, toy manufacturer, and philanthropist