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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Sir Hugh Lancelot Brisbane (1893–1966)

Sir Hugh Lancelot Brisbane

David William Brisbane (1888-1960), engineer, and Sir Hugh Lancelot Brisbane (1893-1966), businessman, were born on 20 January 1888 and 16 March 1893 at Fitzroy, Melbourne, second and third sons of Victorian-born parents Hugh Brisbane, ironmonger, and his wife Charlotte, née Fithie. The family moved to Western Australia in 1894.

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John Hamilton (1896–1961)

John Hamilton

John Hamilton (1896-1961), soldier and wharf labourer, was born on 24 January 1896 at Orange, New South Wales, son of William Hamilton, butcher, and his wife Catherine, née Fox. Nothing is known of his...

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