17 May 2015 - FAMOUS AUSTRALIANS


FAMOUS AUSTRALIANS

G'day folks,

Time to fly the national flag and look at some famous Aussies.



  1. Kylie Minogue – Actress and singer
  2. Sir Donald Bradman – Cricketer who dominated the game in 1930s and 1940s. Finishing with a test average of 99.94 Bradman was so far ahead of his contemporaries, that no one has come close to his dominance. A quintessentially modest Australian rural boy, who drew great admiration from beyond the game of cricket.
  3. Saint Mary MacKillop – Saint. Looked after orphaned children and Aboriginal children in Australia’s outback.
  4. Sir Howard Florey – Helped develop Penicillin
  5. John Curtin – Australian Prime Minister during World War Two.
  6. Andrew Banjo Paterson – Australia’s Bush poet. Composer of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ popular Australian song.
  7. Paul Hogan – Actor/ Comedian
  8. Edith Cowan – Campaigner for women’s and children’s rights. The first women to enter Parliament
  9. Shane Warne - cricketer
  10. Sir Henry Parkes – Established Federal Convention in 1891 bringing the different states together as one country.
  11. Sir Charles Kingsford Smith – Flying pioneer. In 1928, made the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia.
  12. The Rev Dr John Flynn – Founder of Royal Flying Doctor Service – visiting patients in the outback by plane
  13. Sir Marcus Oliphant. – Inventor who helped develop magnetron for Radar, and the Nuclear Bomb
  14. Olivia Newton-John – Singer/ Actress
  15. Naomi Watts – Actress
  16. Sir John Monash – Military commander who restored pride after initial failings at Gallipoli.
  17. Bob Hawke – Prime Minister
  18. Eddie Mabo – Aboriginal who challenged the idea of ‘terra nullius’ and helped eventually win land rights for Aboriginals
  19. Allan Border – cricketer
  20. Robert Menzies – Prime Minister
  21. Sister Elizabeth Kenny – Revolutionised the treatment of polio patients.
  22. Rupert Murdoch – Media Mogul
  23. Evonne Goolagong – Tennis Player
  24. Cathy Freeman – Aboriginal 400m runner
    who was face of the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  25. Dame Elisabeth Mudoch – (philanthropist)
  26. Germaine Greer (feminist, writer) – World famous writer and famous.
  27. Cate Blanchett (actress)
  28. Dame Joan Sutherland (singer ) One of greatest bel canto opera singers
  29. Clive James – (writer, broadcaster)
  30. John Bradfield (engineer) and designer of one of Australia’s most recognisable structures.
  31. Greg Norman – golf
  32. Albert Jacka – Military hero in Gallipoli World War One
  33. Caroline Chisholm – Helped migrant women to find decent accommodation and better conditions in early Nineteenth Century
  34. Betty Cuthbert – Olympic track gold medallist.
  35. Heath Ledger – Actor
  36. Nicole Kidman – Actress
  37. Steve Irwin – Crocodile Hunter
  38. Ian Thorpe – Swimmer
  39. Geoffrey Rush – Actor
  40. Rod Laver – Tennis Player
  41. Clancy Tucker – Aspiring author & photographer
  42. John Hickman - Gentleman extraordinaire.
  43. Lorraine Cobcroft - Writer with exceptional talent.








Clancy's comment: That's just a few, folks. Sadly, our sports men and women receive more fame and glory than many others who also make, or have made, a massive contribution.
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