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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Olive May King (1885–1958)

Olive May King

Olive May King (1885-1958), ambulance driver, was born on 30 June 1885 at Croydon, Sydney, youngest daughter of Sir (G.) Kelso King and his first wife Irene Isabella, née Rand. Educated at home, at Sydney Church of England Grammar School for Girls and in Germany, she travelled widely and had a taste for adventure. In 1910, with three male companions, she climbed Mount Popocatapetl in Mexico.

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Joannes Julius Alphonsus Joris (1888–1963)

Joannes Julius Alphonsus Joris (1888-1963), diamondcutter and merchant, was born on 27 February 1888 at Broechem in the province of Antwerp, Belgium, second of five sons of Joannes Alphonsus Joris, diamondcutter,...

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