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.

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Lester (Charlie) Leon (1900–1982)

Lester (Charlie) Leon

Lester (Charlie) Leon  (1900-1982), Aboriginal activist, was born on 20 June 1900 at Forster, New South Wales, son of Samuel Leon, probably a Forster sawmill worker, and Ada Simon of Taree.  His family origins were both Aboriginal and Chinese.  Alongside some formal education, he learned from the Worimi people about civility, the bush and the stars.  Hostile white neighbours enforced a re-gazettal of the Forster Aboriginal reserve in 1911.  He remembered this incident of racial hatred.

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Maurice James Sando (1930–1984)

Maurice James Wilson Sando (1930-1984), anaesthetist, was born on 23 January 1930 at Cumnock, New South Wales, son of New South Wales-born Harry Wilson Sando, shire engineer, and his Victorian-born...

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