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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John Michael Skipper (1815–1883)

John Michael Skipper

John Michael Skipper (1815-1883), artist and solicitor, was born on 12 July 1815 at Norwich, Norfolk, England, eldest son of John Skipper, solicitor, and his wife Jane, sister of James Stark, a member of the Norwich school of landscape painting. Educated at Norwich Grammar School where he did well at classics and modern languages, he was intended for the law but was more interested in art in which he was encouraged by his uncle. In 1833 he abandoned his studies to become a midshipman in the East...

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Hilda Estelle Kincaid (1886–1967)

Hilda Estelle Kincaid (1886-1967), medical practitioner, was born on 15 December 1886 at Fitzroy, Melbourne, third daughter of John Kincaid, a stock agent from England, and his Victorian-born wife Maria...

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