Looking again at Australian Lives by Barrie Dyster

The first two volumes of the  Australian Dictionary of Biography  — A to H, I to Z—  were published way back in 1966. They dealt with people who flourished before the gold rushes of 1851. So began a massive enterprise of scholarly cooperation. From the start authors wrote lucidly within the limits of sources available to them at the time. The editors licked deficiencies of content and style into shape.

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