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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Edward Smith Hall (1786–1860)

Edward Smith Hall

Edward Smith Hall (1786-1860), banker, newspaper editor and grazier, was born on 28 March 1786 in London, one of the six sons of Smith Hall and Jane, née Drewry. He grew up near Falkingham, Lincolnshire, where his father was the manager of a private bank. On 21 December 1810 at St Luke's Church, London, he married Charlotte, second daughter of Hugh Victor Hall of Portsea.

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Doris Anne Beeston (1897–1940)

Doris Anne Beeston (1897-1940), kindergarten teacher, was born on 22 September 1897 at Hindmarsh, Adelaide, daughter of John Spencer Beeston, clerk, and his wife Anne Japp, née Boath. Educated at Hindmarsh...

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