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.

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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Essie Adele Ackland (1896–1975)

Essie Adele Ackland

Essie Adele Ackland (1896-1975), singer, was born on 27 March 1896 at Woollahra, Sydney, eldest daughter of Henry James Ackland, licensed victualler, and his wife Marea, née Bassetti, both native-born. A grand-daughter of 'the silvery tenor' Harry Ackland, Essie had a lifelong ambition to sing, but did well at school and acquired basic secretarial skills before studying at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music under Roland Foster who found her modest, unassuming and diligent. Despite...

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Kenneth Washington Gray (1899–1962)

Kenneth Washington Gray (1899-1962), oil geologist, was born on 24 October 1899 at Hornsey, Middlesex, England, son of George Washington Gray, woollen commission merchant, and his wife Emily, née Pearson....

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