Australian Dictionary of Biography

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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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The ADB is produced by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University.


* *Proposed ADB entries for people who died 1991-2000* *

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William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872)

William Charles Wentworth

William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872), explorer, author, barrister, landowner, and statesman, was the son of Catherine Crowley, who was convicted at the Staffordshire Assizes in July 1788 of feloniously stealing 'wearing apparell', was sentenced to transportation for seven years, reached Sydney in the transport Neptune in June 1790, and in the Surprize arrived at Norfolk Island with the infant William on 7 August. Dr D'Arcy Wentworth, who also sailed in the Neptune and Surprize, acknowledged William...

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Edward Alfred (Ted) Daley (1901–1985)

Edward Alfred (Ted) Daley

Edward Alfred (Ted) Daley (1901-1985), air force officer and medical practitioner, was born on 23 January 1901 at Bendigo, Victoria, fourth son of Charles Daley, schoolteacher, and his wife Caroline Rose,...

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