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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William Henry Browne (1846–1904)

William Henry Browne

William Henry Browne (1846-1904), miner and politician, was born on 13 September 1846 at Pimlico, London, son of William Henry Browne, stone-sawyer, and his wife Eliza, née Barton. He went to sea when 11, served for nine years in the merchant navy, and possibly also in the Royal Navy, and in 1866 became a goldminer at Araluen, New South Wales. He followed this occupation in the eastern colonies for the next twenty years. In Queensland he worked at Gympie, Herberton and Croydon, where he lost an...

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Joyce Debenham (Joy) Seager (1899–1991)

Joyce Debenham Seager (1899-1991), medical practitioner, was born on 20 September 1899 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, youngest of three daughters of Theodore Stephen Tearne, music teacher, and his...

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