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Fairfax, John (1804–1877), newspaper proprietor and politician in Australia, was born at Warwick on 25 October 1804, the second son of William Fairfax of Birmingham and his wife, Elizabeth, née Jesson. He was reared a Congregationalist. After a short time spent at school he was apprenticed, at the age of twelve, to ...

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Garran [formerly Gamman], Andrew (1825–1901), journalist and politician in Australia, was born at Wilmot Square, London, on 15 November 1825, the third of thirteen children of Robert Gamman, a coal merchant of Flemish ancestry, and his wife, Mary Ann, daughter of Henry Matthews...

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Sir Samuel Walker Griffith (1845–1920) by Crown Studios, Sydney, 1903–11 by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Griffith, Sir Samuel Walker (1845–1920), lawyer and politician in Australia, was born on 21 June 1845 at Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, the second son of the Revd Edward Griffith (1819–1891), Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Walker (d. 1892). Griffith's father then held ministries at ...

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Sir Henry Parkes (1815–1896) by unknown photographer La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria

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Parkes, Sir Henry (1815–1896), politician and journalist in Australia, was born on 27 May 1815 at Motthouse, Canley Hamlet, Warwickshire, the youngest of the six children of Thomas Parkes (b. 1773), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Martha, née Faulconbridge (d...