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 1991-1995* *

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Mary Fanny Cathcart (1833–1880)

Mary Fanny Cathcart

Mary Fanny Cathcart (1833-1880), actress, was born in England, daughter of James Cathcart, a provincial theatrical manager mainly at Liverpool and Glasgow, and his wife Fannie, née Hubbard; her brothers James and Rowley Cathcart (b.1832) became well-known performers on the London stage.

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Trevor George Rapke (1909–1978)

Julia Rachel Rapke (1886-1959), feminist and civil rights activist, was born on 11 February 1886 at Christchurch, New Zealand, daughter of Ralph Levoi, an insurance agent from London, and his Melbourne-born...

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