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 Albert Stanley (Bert) Oldfield (1894–1976)

William Albert Stanley (Bert) Oldfield

William Albert Stanley (Bert) Oldfield (1894-1976), cricketer, was born on 9 September 1894 at Alexandria, Sydney, seventh child of John William Oldfield, Manchester-born upholsterer, and his wife Mary, née Gregory, from Yass. Bert was educated at Newtown and Cleveland Street Superior Public schools and became a tramways clerk.

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1991 Entries

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16 December 2015

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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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Valentine Bynoe McGinness (1910–1988)

Valentine Bynoe McGinness (1910-1988), rights activist for Aboriginal people of mixed ancestry, musician and songwriter, was born on 14 February 1910 at the Lucy tin mine, Bynoe Harbour, west of Darwin. ...

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