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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Sir Norman Lindfield Nock (1899–1990)

Sir Norman Lindfield Nock

Sir Norman Lindfield Nock (1899-1990), businessman and lord mayor, was born on 11 April 1899 at Lindfield, Sydney, youngest of six children of Sydney-born parents Thomas Nock, ironmonger, and his wife Eliza Jane, née Simmonds.  Educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), Norman joined the staff of Farmer & Co. Ltd’s department store in Pitt Street, Sydney, at age 18.  He was rejected for war service owing to a leg injury.  In 1919 he travelled to England...

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Edward Joseph Leonski (1917–1942)

Edward Joseph Leonski (1917-1942), soldier and murderer, was born on 12 December 1917 at Kenvil, New Jersey, United States of America, sixth child of Russian-born parents John Leonski, labourer, and his...

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