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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.

See what distinguished Australians are saying about the ADB.

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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Albert (Tibby) Cotter (1883–1917)

Albert (Tibby) Cotter

Albert (Tibby) Cotter (1883-1917), cricketer, was born on 3 December 1883 at 132 Phillip Street, Sydney, sixth and youngest son of English-born John Henry Cotter, butcher, and his Scottish wife Margaret Hay, née Pattison. When he was 6 his family moved to Glebe. He was educated at the Forest Lodge Public School, where fellow-pupils included the cricketers Charles Kellaway and Warren Bardsley, and at Sydney Grammar School in 1899-1900. In the annual matches between the Sydney and Melbourne Grammar...

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John Ernest Kindler (1906–1968)

John Ernest Kindler (1906-1968), civil engineer and public servant, was born on 21 October 1906 at Nuriootpa, South Australia, third child of Carl Gustav Ernst Kindler, blacksmith, and his wife Selma Amalia,...

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