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Heathcote Howard Hammer (1905–1961)

Heathcote Howard Hammer

Heathcote Howard Hammer (1905-1961), army officer, commercial traveller and storekeeper, was born on 15 February 1905 at Southern Cross, Western Australia, second son of Victorian-born parents William Hammer, miner, and his wife Ada May, née Williams. Educated at the Ballarat School of Mines, Victoria, he took a local job before becoming a commercial traveller. At St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Melbourne, on 26 October 1935 he married Mary Frances Morrissey, a clerk; they were to have two children...

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Frederick Alexander Campbell (1849–1930)

Frederick Alexander Campbell (1849-1930), engineer and educationist, was born on 27 November 1849 at Melrose, Scotland, son of Rev. Alexander James Campbell, Free Church minister, and his wife Mary...

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