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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Joseph Bradley (1857–1935)

Joseph Bradley

Joseph Bradley (1857-1935) musician and music teacher, was born on 28 February 1857 at Newton near Hyde, Cheshire, England, son of Matthew Henry Bradley, later publican, and his wife Mary, née Heywood. Trained by Dr Frederick Bridge of Manchester Cathedral, at 12 he was appointed assistant organist of St Paul's Church, Stalybridge, Lancashire. In 1873 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Organists, matriculated to New College, Oxford, in October 1874 and graduated Bachelor of Music next year....

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11 June 2015

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2 October 2014

Leichhardt map

Check out the ADB's new digital map of Leichhardt's expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844-45
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1 August 2014

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William Alfred (Bill) Beatty (1902–1972)

William Alfred (Bill) Beatty

William Alfred (Bill) Beatty (1902-1972), writer and broadcaster, was born on 27 November 1902 at Paddington, Sydney, only son of James Joseph Beatty, waiter, and his wife Margaret, née Brazil, both Dublin...

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