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Australian Dictionary of Biography 1966 to the present, 19 volumes so far In March 1966 the Australian Dictionary of Biography was born. It was greeted variously as “the birth of a giant” and an invaluable work of reference. The ADB’s first editor, Professor Douglas Pike, modestly hoped that it would “inform and interest the lonely shepherd in his hut as readily as the don in his study”. Not just shepherds and dons, though. “Anyone with an ounce of interest in the myriad origins of his nation is bound to find it fascinating.” In a thoughtful review of the first two…

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