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 George Cumine Strahan (1838–1887)

Sir George Cumine Strahan

Sir George Cumine Strahan (1838-1887), governor, was born on 9 December 1838 at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, son of Rev. W. D. Strahan. Educated at the Royal Military College, Woolwich, in 1857 he entered the Royal Artillery as a lieutenant. He was aide-de-camp in 1859-64 to Mr Gladstone, lord high commissioner of the Ionian Islands, to his successor Sir Henry Storks, and to governors in Malta in 1864-68. He acted for a time as chief secretary of Malta, was colonial secretary in the Bahamas...

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Alan Joseph Missen (1925–1986)

Alan Joseph Missen

Alan Joseph Missen (1925-1986), solicitor and politician, was born on 22 July 1925 at Kew, Melbourne, only child of Victorian-born Clifford Athol Missen, moulder, and his wife Ethel Violet Maud, née...

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