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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Dame Alice Isabel Chisholm (1856–1954)

Dame Alice Isabel Chisholm

Dame Alice Isabel Chisholm (1856-1954), organizer and superintendent of soldiers' canteens, was born on 3 July 1856, probably near Goulburn, New South Wales, second daughter of Major Richard John Morphy, pastoralist of Grena Mummell, Goulburn, and his wife Mary Emma, née Styles. Largely brought up by her Styles grandparents at Reevesdale near Bungonia, she was educated at home. On 18 July 1877 at her father's house she married a widower William Alexander Chisholm (d.1902), a pastoralist of near-by...

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William Phelan (1915–1973)

William Phelan

William Phelan (1915-1973), businessman and politician, was born on 16 July 1915 at Maryborough, Victoria, second child of Sydney Clifford Phelan, ironmonger, and his wife Letitia Ellen, née Chellew,...

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