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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Bruno Benini
Photographer Bruno Benini migrated to Australia from Italy in 1935. As a commercial and fashion photographer, Benini captured the works of many Australian and international fashion designers.
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Linda Yunkata Syddick Napaltjarri (born c. 1937) is a Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara-speaking Indigenous artist from Australia's Western Desert region. Linda was one of many Western Desert women who took up painting in the early 1990s as part of a broader contemporary Indigenous Australian art movement.
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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Bob Carr
Robert John Carr (born 28 September 1947) is a former politician from Australia. A member of the Labour Party, he served in the government of Australia as Minister for Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to September 2013, while also serving in the Australian Senate as a Senator for New South Wales. From 4 April 1995 to 3 August 2005, Carr was the Premier of New South Wales. He was the longest continuously serving Premier of the state (only Sir Henry Parkes served longer, although Parkes held the office on five separate occasions).
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Adele Marilyn Horin (25 January 1951 – 21 November 2015) was an Australian journalist. She retired in 2012 as a columnist and journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald. A prolific and polarising writer on social issues, she was described as "the paper's resident feminist".


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Herb Wharton
Herb Wharton (born 1936) is an Indigenous Australian, former stockman and an internationally recognised poet and novelist


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Neville Bonner
Dr Anita Heiss (born 1968 in Sydney) is an Australian author, presenter and commentator. She is a prolific writer working across a range of areas including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary, travel, extending her reader's knowledge and understanding of contemporary Aboriginal life in Australia. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Neville Bonner
Neville Thomas Bonner AO (28 March 1922 – 5 February 1999) was an Australian politician, and the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia. He was initially appointed by the Queensland Parliament to fill a casual vacancy in the representation of Queensland in the Senate, and later became the first indigenous Australian to be elected to parliament by popular vote.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Kate Ceberano
Catherine "Kate" Ceberano AM (/səˈbrɑːnoʊ/, born 17 November 1966) is an Australian singer and has gained notoriety in the soul, jazz and pop genres. She has also made forays into musicals and film.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Fiona Stanley
Fiona Juliet Stanley AC, FAA (born 1 August 1946) is an Australian epidemiologist noted for her public health work, and her research into child and maternal health, and birth disorders such as cerebral palsy. Stanley is the Patron of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and a Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Between 1990 and December 2011 Stanley was the founding director of the Telethon Institute.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Alexis Wright
Alexis Wright is an author and land rights activist originally from the Waanyi people in the highlands of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Wright's father, a white cattleman, died when she was five years old and she grew up in Cloncurry, Queensland with her mother and grandmother.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Robert Hagan
Robert Hagan (born 10 May 1947) is an Australian television personality, author, producer and self-taught impressionist artist.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg June Oscar
June Oscar AO (born 1962) is an Australian Aboriginal woman of Bunuba descent. She is an indigenous rights activist, community health and welfare worker, and a film and theatre producer. Oscar is best known for her fight against Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and her work in improving the lives of Aboriginal people in remote communities.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Melissa Lucashenko
Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of adult literary fiction and literary non-fiction who has also written two novels for teenagers.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Peter Garrett
Peter Robert Garrett AM (born 16 April 1953) is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist, former politician and the lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil. He served as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation for ten years and, in 2003, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the environment and music industry.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Jon Altman
Professor Jon Charles Altman AM (born September 8, 1954) is a social scientist with a disciplinary focus on anthropology and economics.


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  Sidney_Nolan_CROP.jpg Sidney Nolan
Sir Sidney Robert NolanOM, AC (22 April 1917 – 28 November 1992) was one of Australia's leading artists of the 20th century. His oeuvre is among the most diverse and prolific in all of modern art. He is best known for his series of paintings on legends from Australian history, most famously Ned Kelly, the bushranger and outlaw.


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  Jorn-Utzon-CROP.jpg Claudia Karvan
Claudia Karvan (born 19 May 1972) is an Australian actress and producer, and has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in 2007 in acknowledgment of her contributions to the Australian film and television industry.


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  Jorn-Utzon-CROP.jpg John Clarke
John Morrison Clarke (29 July 1948 – 9 April 2017) was a New Zealand-born comedian, writer, and satirist. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and lived in Australia from the late 1970s. He was a highly regarded actor and writer whose work appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in both radio and television and also in print.


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  Jorn-Utzon-CROP.jpg Shellie Morris
Shellie Morris is an indigenous Australian singer/songwriter who plays a mix of contemporary folk music and contemporary acoustic ballads.


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  Jorn-Utzon-CROP.jpg Jorn Utzon
Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish::[j???n 'ud?s?n]; 9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008) was a Danish architect, most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime.


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  david-holmgren-CROPPED.jpg Lillian Roxon
Lillian Roxon (8 February 1932 – 10 August 1973) was a noted Australian journalist and author, best known for Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (1969).


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  david-holmgren-CROPPED.jpg Jennifer Byrne
Jennifer Victoria Byrne (born 5 March 1955) is an Australian journalist, television presenter and former book publisher.


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  david-holmgren-CROPPED.jpg David Holmgren

David Holmgren (born 1955) is an Australian environmental designer, ecological educator and writer. He is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison.


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  Bill Mollison CROPPED.jpg Bill Mollison

Bruce Charles "Bill" Mollison (4 May 1928 – 24 September 2016) was an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist. He is referred to as the "father of permaculture."


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  Ivor Davies CROPPED.jpg Iva Davies

Ivor Arthur Davies, AM (born 22 May 1955), known professionally as Iva Davies, is an Australian singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his vocal style, which was influenced by David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Marc Bolan.


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  Gary Foley CROP.jpg Gary Foley

Gary Edward Foley (born 11 May 1950) is an Australian Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer and actor. He is best known for his role in establishing the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972 and for establishing an Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern in the 1970s. He also co-wrote and acted in the first indigenous Australian stage production, Basically Black.


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  Bill Hunter CROP.jpg William John "Bill" Hunter

William John "Bill" Hunter (27 February 1940 – 21 May 2011) was an Australian actor of film, stage and television, who was also prominent as a voice-over artist. He appeared in more than 60 films and won two AFI Awards. He was also a recipient of the Centenary Medal.


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  William Barak CROP William Barak

William Barak(c. 1824 – 15 August 1903), was the last traditional ngurungaeta (elder) of the Wurundjeri-willam clan who were the first inhabitants of present-day Melbourne, Australia. He became an influential spokesman for Aboriginal social justice and an important informant on Wurundjeri cultural lore."


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  Danila Vassilleff Danila Vassilieff

Danila Vassilieff (16 December 1897 – 22 March 1958) was a Russian-born Australian painter and sculptor. He has been called the "father of Australian modernism."


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  Albert Tucker Albert Tucker

Albert Lee Tucker (29 December 1914 – 23 October 1999),was an Australian artist, and member of the Heide Circle, a group of modernist artists and writers that centred on the art patrons John and Sunday Reed, whose home, "Heide", located in Bulleen, near Heidelberg (outside Melbourne), was a haven for the group.


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  Jack Charles Jack Charles

Jack Charles (born 5 September 1943) is an Australian Aboriginal actor, musician, potter, activist and Aboriginal elder.


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  Joan Lindsay Joan Lindsay

Lady Joan à Beckett Lindsay (née Weigall; 16 November 1896 – 23 December 1984) was an Australian novelist, playwright, essayist, and artist


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  Neil Murray Neil Murray

Neil James Murray (born 1956 in Ararat, Victoria) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter-guitarist and writer and was a founding member of the Warumpi Band. Murray was recognised as one of Australia's foremost songwriters at the APRA Awards of 1995 by winning Song of the Year for "My Island Home" – as covered by former band mate, Christine Anu. The track was also listed in APRA Top 30 Australian songs of all time in 2001.


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  Martin Sharp Martin Sharp

Martin Ritchie Sharp (21 January 1942 – 1 December 2013) was an Australian artist, underground cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker.


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  Helen Reddy Helen Reddy

Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy (born 25 October 1941) is an Australian singer, actress, and activist. In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she had 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman".


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  Lloyd Rees Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Frederic Rees AC CMG (17 March 1895 – 2 December 1988) was an Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.Most of Rees’ works are preoccupied with depicting the effects of light and emphasis is placed on the harmony between man and nature. Rees's oeuvre is dominated by sketches and paintings, in which the most frequent subject is the built environment in the landscape.


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  Steve Biddulph Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph AM[1] (born 1953 in Saltburn, England) is an Australian author, activist and psychologist who has written a number of influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys' education. His books argue for a more affectionate and connected form of parenting, and the importance of role models in children's lives. They acknowledge gender differences but do not see these as immutable. His effect on schooling has been to increase the number of parents delaying school-starting, especially with boys, and the increase in single-sex classes in co-educational schools, particularly in the early puberty stage, around age 12-15.


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  Richard Neville Richard Neville

Richard Clive Neville (16 December 1941–4 September 2016) was an Australian writer and social commentator who came to fame as an editor of the counterculture magazine Oz in Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was educated as a boarder at Knox Grammar School and enrolled for an arts degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Australian political magazine The Monthly described Neville as a "pioneer of the war on deference".


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  Gwen Harwood Gwen Harwood

Gwen Harwood AO (8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995), was an Australian poet and librettist. Gwen Harwood is regarded as one of Australia's finest poets, publishing over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos. She won numerous poetry awards and prizes. Her work is commonly studied in schools and university courses.


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  John Marsden John Marsden

John Marsden (born 27 September 1950) is an Australian writer, teacher and school principal. Marsden has had his books translated into eleven languages including Norwegian, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.


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  Ann Summers Anne Summers

Anne Summers PhD AO (born 12 March 1945) is a writer and columnist, and is best known as a leading feminist, editor and publisher. She was formerly Australia's First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


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  Linda Burney Joy Hester

Joy St Clair Hester (21 August 1920 – 4 December 1960) was an Australian artist and member of the Angry Penguins* who played an important role in the development of Australian modernism.


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  Linda Burney Linda Burney

Linda Jean Burney (born 25 April 1957)[1] is an Australian politician, who was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Canterbury for the Australian Labour Party from 2003 to 2016, when she resigned to contest the federal seat of Barton. Upon her election, she became the first Aboriginal person to serve in the New South Wales Parliament. Linda Burney is also the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives, winning the federal seat of Barton in the2016 federal election.


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  Jimmy Chi Jimmy Chi

Jimmy Chi (born 1948 in Broome, Western Australia) is an Australian composer, musician and playwright. His best known work is the 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae which was adapted for film in 2009.


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  Janine Burke Janine Burke

Janine Burke is an Australian author, art historian, biographer and award-winning novelist. She also curates exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. Currently, Dr Burke is Honorary Senior Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
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  Eva Orner Olive Cotton

Olive Cotton (11 July 1911 – 27 September 2003) was a pioneering Australian modernist female photographer of the 1930s and 1940s. Cotton became a national "name" with a retrospective and touring exhibition after 50 years of working in the industry - in 1985.
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  Eva Orner Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer (/gr??r/; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian-born writer and is regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. She lives in the United Kingdom, where she has held academic positions, specialising in English literature, at the University of Warwick and Newnham College, Cambridge.
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  Eva Orner Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka (c. 1930 – 9 January 2011) was a Pintupi-speaking Indigenous Australian artist from Australia's Western Desert region. Makinti Napanangka began painting Contemporary Indigenous Australian art at Kintore in the mid-1990s, encouraged by a community art project. Interest in her work developed quickly, and she is now represented in most significant Australian public art galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia.
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  Eva Orner Dorothy Hewett

Dorothy Coade Hewett (21 May 1923 – 25 August 2002) was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She has been called "one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers". She was also a member of the Communist Party for a period, though she clashed on many occasions with the party leadership.


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  Eva Orner Jan Senbergs

Jan Senbergs(born in Lativia, 1939) is an Australian artist and printmaker.


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  Jan Senbergs Eva Orner

Eva Orner is an Australian, Academy and Emmy Award-winning film producer and director based in Los Angeles.


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  Gerard Kreft Gerard Kreft

Johann Ludwig (Louis) Gerard Krefft (17 February 1830 – 19 February 1881) is one of Australia's first and greatest zoologists andpalaeontologists. In addition to many scientific papers, his books include The Snakes of Australia, A Catalogue of the Minerals and Rocks in the Australian Museum, and A Short Guide to the Australian Fossil Remains in the Australian Museum. He also published the scientific description of the Queensland Lungfishwhich is considered a "living fossil".


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  Ruth Park Ruth Park

Rosina Ruth Lucia Park AM (24 August 1917 – 14 December 2010) was a New Zealand–born Australian author. Her best known works are the novels The Harp in the South (1948) and Playing Beatie Bow (1980), and the children's radio serial The Muddle-Headed Wombat (1951–1970), which also spawned a book series (1962–1982).


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  Sydney Long Sydney Long

Sydney Long (20 August 1871 – 23 January 1955) was an Australian artist.


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  Slim Dusty Slim Dusty

David Gordon Kirkpatrick AO MBE (13 June 1927 – 19 September 2003), known professionally as Slim Dusty, was an Australian country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, who was an Australian cultural icon and one of the country's most awarded stars. With a career spanning nearly seven decades, the archetypical "Father of Country Music" was known to record songs in the legacy of Australian bush poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson that represented the Australian bush lifestyle and also for his many trucking songs.


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Patrick White

Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century. From 1935 to his death, he published 12 novels, three short-story collections and eight plays.

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  Stella Young

Stella Young

Stella Jane Young (24 February 1982 – 6 December 2014) was an Australian comedian, journalist and disability advocate.

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Sir Henry Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes, GCMG (27 May 181 – 27 April 1896) was a colonial Australian politician and longest non-consecutive Premier of the Colony of New South Wales in the Commonwealth of Australia. He has been referred to as the "Father of Federation" due to his early promotion for the federation of the six colonies of Australia, as an early critic of British convict transportation, and as a proponent for the expansion of the Australian continental rail network.

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Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence (31 October 1825 – 3 April 1910) was a Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician, leading suffragist, and Georgist. In 1897 she became Australia's first female political candidate after standing (unsuccessfully) for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide. Called the "Greatest Australian Woman" by Miles Franklin and given the nomenclature of "Grand Old Woman of Australia' on her eightieth birthday, Spence was commemorated on the Australian five-dollar note issued for the Centenary of Federation of Australia.

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  kate-grenville.jpg Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville (born 14 October 1950) is one of Australia's best-known authors. She has published nine novels, a collection of short stories, and four books about the writing process. Her books have been awarded many prizes in Australia, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Britain's Orange Prize. The Secret River was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her novels have been published all over the world and been translated into many languages. Two have been made into feature films..


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  judith-lucy Judith Lucy

Judith Mary Lucy (born 25 March 1968 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian comedian, known primarily for her stand-up comedy.


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  Peter Carey Robina Courtin

Robina Courtin born Melbourne, Australia, 20 December 1944), is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In 1996 she founded the Liberation Prison Project, which she ran until 2009.


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  Helen Garner Helen Garner

Helen Garner (born 7 November 1942) is an Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garner's first novel,  Monkey Grip , was published in 1977, and immediately established her as an original voice on the  Australian literary scene. She is known for incorporating and adapting her personal experiences in her fiction, something that has brought her both praise and criticism.


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  Peter Carey Peter Carey

Peter Philip Carey AO (born 7 May 1943) is an Australian novelist, known primarily for being one of only three writers to have won the Booker Prize twice—the others being J. M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for  Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with the  True History of the Kelly Gang. In May 2008 he was nominated for the  Best of the Booker Prize.


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  Robert Raymond

Robert ‘Bob Raymond

Robert Alwyn "Bob" Raymond OAM (7 July 1922 – 26 September 2003) was an Australian Logie Award winning producer, director, writer, filmmaker and journalist. A pioneer of Australian television, he with Michael Charlton in 1961, co-founded the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship public affairs television program Four Corners, which is still running to this day.

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Chris Masters

Chris Masters was born in Grafton, New South Wales. He is the fourth son of Charles Masters and the journalist and author Olga Masters, and the brother of rugby league coach and journalist Roy Masters, film maker Quentin Masters, radio broadcaster Ian Masters and media producers Sue Masters and Deb Masters.

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Allan Zavod

Allan Zavod is an Australian pianist, composer, jazz musician and occasional conductor who has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Music in recognition of his international achievements as a composer by the University of Melbourne.

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George Seith Coppin

Coppin was born at Steyning, Sussex, England (1794–1854). His father, George Selth Coppin Senior, studied for the medical profession but abandoned this to go join a group of travelling actors. George Coppin Junior became an assistant in his father's company, and at the age of 18 secured an engagement at the Woolwich theatre, and soon afterwards was playing at Richmond, where he became a low level comedian at a salary of twenty-five shillings a week.

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  Arthur Streeton Arthur Streeton

Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton (8 April 1867 – 1 September 1943) was an Australian landscape painter and leading member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism.


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  Betty Churcher Betty Churcher

Elizabeth Ann Dewar "Betty" Churcher AO (née Cameron; 11 January 1931 – 31 March 2015) was an Australian arts administrator, best known as director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997. She was also a painter in her own right. Since her death in 2015 she has been described by one writer as "a seminal figure in the arts sector, a superior curator and administrator as well as a gifted communicator who introduced Australians to the world of art outside the national collections."


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  John Jarratt John Jarratt

John Jarratt (born 5 August 1952) is an Australian television and film actor, producer and director, who rose to fame through his work in the Australian New Wave.


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  Sussan Ley Sussan Ley

Sussan Penelope Ley (born 14 December 1961) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Farrer, New South Wales.


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  Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann is an Aboriginal Artist and Educator.


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  Kerry Michael O’Brien Kerry Michael O’Brien

Kerry Michael O'Brien (born 27 August 1945) is an Australian journalist based in Sydney. He is the former editor and host of The 7.30 Report on the ABC and the present host of the current affairs show hi. O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, having been awarded six Walkley Awards during his career.


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  Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough

Colleen Margaretta McCullough, AO was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.


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  John Butler John Butler

John Charles Wiltshire-Butler or John Charles Butler (born 1 April 1975) is an American-born Australian APRA and Aria-award winning singer, multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer. He is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band, which formed in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia in 1998.


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  Bart Willoughby Bart Willoughby

Bart Willoughby (born 12 September 1960) is an Indigenous Australian musician, noted for his pioneering fusion of reggae with Indigenous Australian musical influences, and for his contribution to the growth of Indigenous music in Australia.


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  Rosie Battie Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty (born c. February 1962) is an Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year.


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  Peter Dombrovskis Peter Dombrovskis

Peter Dombrovskis was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1945 of Latvian parents. He emigrated to Australia in 1950 with his mother Adele and started taking photographs in the 1960's. He was strongly influenced by Lithuanian-Australian pioneer, conservationist and photographer Olegas Truchanas, who became a father figure to him. He was equally influenced by landscape photographers of mid-century America such as Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston and Eliot Porter.


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  Tara Moss Tara Moss

Tara Moss (born 2 October 1973) is a Canadian-Australian author, television presenter, journalist, former model and UNICEF national ambassador for child survival.


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  Ray Martin Ray Martin

Raymond George "Ray" Martin AM (born 20 December 1944) is a five-time Gold Logie winning Australian television journalist and entertainment personality. He is best known for his various on-air roles on Channel Nine from 1978. In 2011 he returned to Current Affairs 60 Minutes in a part-time capacity.


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  Olegas Truchanas Olegas Truchanas

Olegas Truchanas (1923 - 6 January 1972) was a Lithuanian-Australian conservationist and nature photographer.He was a key figure in the attempt to stop the damming of the ecologically sensitive Lake Pedder in South West Tasmania by the Hydro Electricity Commission and his photographs, along with those of his protégé, Peter Dombrovskis, helped raise public awareness of the importance of south-west Tasmania.


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  Miles Franklin Miles Franklin

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, known as Miles Franklin (14 October 1879 – 19 September 1954) was an Australian writer and feminist who was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and actively pursued this goal by supporting writers, literary journals, and writers' organisations. She has had a long-lasting impact on Australian literary life through her endowment of a major literary award known as the Miles Franklin Award.


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  Tim Sharp

Timothy William Sharp (born 9 May 1988) is an Australian artist who has been diagnosed with autism and is most famous for his creation of the colourful super hero Laser Beak Man. In 2010, Sharp's work garnered international attention when Laser Beak Man was turned into an eight episode animated television series screening in Australia on ABC3 TV and it was then sold to Cartoon Network Australia, New Zealand and Asia – a world first for a young man with autism to achieve.


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  Dame Nellie Melba Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba GBE (19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century and was also the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, her home town.


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  Phillip Noyce Phillip Noyce

Phillip Noyce (born 29 April 1950) is an Australian film director.
Noyce was born in Griffith, New South Wales, attended high school at Barker College, Sydney, and began making short films at the age of 18, starting with Better to Reign in Hell, using his friends as the cast. After graduating from Sydney University, he joined the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1973, and released his first professional film in 1975. Many of his films feature espionage, as Noyce grew up listening to his father's stories of serving with the Australian Commandounit Z Force during World War II.


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  Jacki Weaver Jacki Weaver

Jacqueline Ruth "Jacki" Weaver, AO (born 25 May 1947) is an Australian theatre, film, and television actress. She is known internationally for her performances as Janine "Smurf" Cody in Animal Kingdom (2010) and as Dolores Solatano in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), both of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


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  Bill Neidjie (Kakadu Man) Bill Neidjie (Kakadu Man)

Bill Neidjie (c.?1920 – 23 May 2002) was the last surviving speaker of the Gaagudju language, an indigenous language from northern Kakadu after which the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is named. He was a senior elder of Kakadu National Park and a traditional owner of the Bunitj estate in northern Kakadu, perhaps the most spectacular National Park in Australia. His decision to open up this land to other people was instrumental in the creation of Kakadu National Park. He was usually called Big Bill Neidjie because of his physique and physical strength, probably gained through his time working on the luggers. He also became known as Kakadu Man after the title of his first book.


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  Oodgeroo Noonuccal Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (/'?d??ru?/ /'nu?n?k?l/ UUD-g?-roo NOO-n?-k?l; born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, formerly Kath Walker) (3 November 1920 – 16 September 1993) was an Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator. She was also a campaigner for Aboriginal rights. Oodgeroo was best known for her poetry, and was the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse.


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  Alan Bensoussan

Alan Bensoussan

Professor Alan Bensoussan is Director of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. He is a clinical researcher with a clinical practice background of over 25 years in Chinese medicine.


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  Deborra-Lee Furness

Deborra-Lee Furness

Deborra-Lee Furness (born 8 December 1955) is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate advocate for vulnerable and abandoned children.


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Alan Hopgood

Alan Hopgood AM (born 29 September 1934) is an Australian actor and writer.


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Quentin Bryce

Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce AD, CVO (née Strachan; born 23 December 1942) was the 25th Governor-General of Australia, holding office from September 2008 until March 2014. She was the first woman to hold the position, and was previously the Governor of Queensland from 2003 to 2008.


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Hubert Wilkins

Sir George Hubert Wilkins MC & Bar (31 October 1888 – 30 November 1958) was an Australian polar explorer, ornithologist, pilot, soldier, geographer and photographer.


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Tania Karen de Jong

Tania Karen de Jong, AM, is an Australian soprano, social entrepreneur, business woman and motivational speaker.


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Peter Weir

Peter Lindsay Weir, AM (/w??r/; born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. He played a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema (1970-1990) with his films such as the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the mystery drama-thriller The Last Wave (1977), and the historical drama Gallipoli (1981).


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Toni Collette

Toni Collette (born 1 November 1972) is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television and film.. She is a recipient of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and has been nominated for the Academy Award and the Tony Award.


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Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin (born 26 January 1961) is a Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer and stockbroker. He is currently the artistic director of Queensland Ballet.


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John Wolseley

Was born in Great Britain in 1938. He came to Australia in 1976 and lives in central Victoria. He has worked mainly recording the natural history of remote north Australia in minutely detailed, large paintings.


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Rod Quantock

Bob Randall was born around 1929 at Middleton Pond on Tempe Station in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. He is a"Tjilpi" (special teaching uncle) of the Yankunytjatjara Nation and one of the listed traditional keepers of the Uluru/Kata Tjuta lands.


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Bob Randall

Bob Randall was born around 1929 at Middleton Pond on Tempe Station in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. He is a"Tjilpi" (special teaching uncle) of the Yankunytjatjara Nation and one of the listed traditional keepers of the Uluru/Kata Tjuta lands.


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Magda Szubanski

Magdalene M. "Magda" Szubanski (/?u?'ba?nski?/ shoo-BYN-skee; born 12 April 1961) is an English-born Australian actress, comedian, television presenter, radio host and author.


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Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan has performed as a stand-up comedian for 25 years. She was just 17 when she first found herself on stage, braving wild crowds as a beginner stand up. "It was terrifying! I was terrible!" she laughs. "Fortunately I have high self-esteem, so I didn't seem to notice!" Nolan credits resilience and persistence in paving the way for a stand-up comedy career that has not only endured - it has had hard-to-impress comedic legends such as Austen Tayshus declaring that "she is one of the strongest female talents in the country".


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David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (born 1 July 1953), is an Indigenous Australian traditional dancer and actor.


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Andrew Denton

Andrew Christopher Denton (born 4 May 1960) is an Australian television producer, comedian, Gold Logie-nominated television presenter and former radio host, and was the host of the ABC's weekly television interview program Enough Rope and the ABC game show Randling. He is known for his comedy and interviewing technique. He is also responsible for introducing the troupe of The Chaser to Australian audiences.


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Steve Vizard

Stephen William Vizard (born 6 March 1956 in Richmond, Victoria) is a Gold Logie award winning Australian television and radio presenter, lawyer, comedian, producer, author and screenwriter.


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Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke (ha?dki?) (born 16 November 1981) is a singer-songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. Although classically trained, she has followed a career in alternative pop music.


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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson, AM (born 31 August 1940) is an Australian actor and a major figure in Australian cinema.


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Stephanie Dowrick

Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick is Australia’s leading author in the area of personal and spiritual development.


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Ita Buttrose

Ita Clare Buttrose, AO, OBE, (born 17 January 1942) is an Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author. She was the founding editor of Cleo, a high-circulation magazine aimed at women aged 20-40 that was frank about sexuality (and in its infancy featured nude male centrefolds), and later as the Editor of the more sedate Australian Women's Weekly. She was the youngest person to ever be appointed Editor of the Weekly, which was then per capita, the largest-selling magazine in the world.


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Lowitja O’Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue, AC, CBE, DSG (born Lois O'Donoghue; 1 August 1932) is an Aboriginal Australian retired public administrator. In 1990, she was appointed inaugural chairperson of the now dissolved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). Following her retirement, she formally added the name Lowitja to her existing legal name, Lois O'Donoghue Smart to emphasise her Luritjan heritage.


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Mic Conway

ARIA award-winning Mic Conway is a singer, actor, musician, song writer, fire eater, magician, tap dancer, juggler and more.


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Charles Blackman

Charles Blackman (born 12 August 1928) is an Australian painter, noted for the Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland series of the 1950s. He was a member of the Antipodeans, a group of Melbourne painters that also included Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh.


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Professor Marc Cohen

Professor Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology and psychological medicine along with PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering. He is also the Discipline Leader for the Wellness Group and a core member of the RMIT University Health Innovations Research Institute.


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Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is well known on the music festival circuit for playing at musical festivals and concerts in Australia, North America and throughout Europe.


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Sir Robert Helpmann

Sir Robert Helpmann CBE (9 April 1909 – 28 September 1986) was an Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer.


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Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982) is an Australian actress known for her film and television roles, particularly her award-winning lead performance in 2004's Somersault.


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Missy Higgins

Melissa "Missy" Morrison Higgins (born 19 August 1983) is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress.


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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (also known as Gurrumul) was born in 1970 and is an Indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language.


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William Barton

William Barton is an Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo player and is widely recognised as one of Australia's finest traditional didgeridoo players and leading didgeridoo players in the classical world.


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Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Joshua Sculthorpe AO OBE (29 April 1929 – 8 August 2014) was an Australian composer who was known primarily for his orchestral and chamber music, such as Kakadu (1988) and Earth Cry (1986), which evoke the sounds and feeling of the Australian bushland and outback.


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Carl Vine

Carl Vine, AO (born 8 October 1954), is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music.


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Graeme Murphy

Graeme Lloyd Murphy AO (born 2 November 1950) is an Australian dance choreographer and has received critical acclaim for his work globally.


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George Gittoes

George Gittoes is an Australian social realist artist and filmmaker.


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Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan is an Australian singer and songwriter. Sultan plays what he calls "country soul rock'n'roll."


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Clifton Pugh

Clifton Ernest Pugh AO, (17 December 1924 – 14 October 1990) was an Australian artist and three-time winner of Australia's Archibald Prize. He was strongly influenced by German Expressionism, and was known for his landscapes and portraiture.


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Judy Atkinson

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman - Aboriginal Australian (from Central west Queensland) / Bundjalung (Northern New South Wales) woman, who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage. She holds a BA from the University of Canberra, and a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University - Program for Refugee Trauma - Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery certificate course. Her primary academic and research focus has been in the area of violence, with its relational trauma, and healing or recovery for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples.


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Hugo Weaving

Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is an Australian-British film and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, and Elrond in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He first rose to prominence for his performance as Martin in Proof. Other notable works include Tick in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and he was also the voice Rex in Babe, and Noah in Happy Feet . He has starred in numerous Australian character dramas, including Bad Boy Bubby. He has received many award nominations and wins during his career, including a Satellite Award, an MTV Movie Award and several Australian Film Institute Awards.


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Judy Davis

Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Australian film, television and stage Actress. She has won seven Australian Academy Awards (AACTA) and two British Academy Awards (BAFTA).

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Russell Drysdale

Sir George Russell Drysdale, AC (7 February 1912 – 29 June 1981) was an Australian artist. He won the prestigious Wynne Prize for Sofala in 1947, and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1954. He was influenced by abstract and surrealist art, and "created a new vision of the Australian scene as revolutionary and influential as that of Tom Roberts."

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Donald Friend

Born in Sydney, precociously talented both as an artist and a writer, Friend grew up in the artistic circle of his bohemian mother.
He studied with Sydney Long (1931) and Dattilo Rubbo (1934–1935), and later in London (1936–1937) at the Westminster School of Art with Mark Gertler and Bernard Meninsky.

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Joy White

For the better part of her life, Joy White has dedicated every waking hour to bettering the lives of the children she holds so close to her heart – but not just her own children, the children of the whole Bagot Community and any child, or person for that matter, who needed her. It’s because of this relentless dedication, passion, and loving that she has won the Barnardos Mother of the Year Northern Territory 2014 Award.

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Dean Das

Dean Das is the founder of Mind-Yoga (Aust). He is a Western-born Meditation Master and a teacher of some 30 years. Dean Das began practising Yoga at the age of 15 years. In the 1970's, he met his Guru's Guru, travelled to India, and lived with his Guru, the revered kundalini yoga Siddha, *Swami Prakashananda Sarasvati ('Babaji'), for 7 years, atop Sapta Shringi mountain in Nasik, Western India.

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Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda (born 1942) is an American-born guru in the lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. The gurus of this lineage are noted for their reputation to be able to awaken the kundalinienergy of seekers by means of shaktipat. Swami Shankarananda is an author and authority on the philosophy and practice of Kashmir Shaivism. He emphasises spiritual practice (sadhana), especially meditation, mantra and self-inquiry. He is a prominent spiritual teacher in Australia, where he founded the Shiva Ashram, a residential spiritual school where about 40 seekers live and members of the wider public visit for programs, retreats and courses. He is also a spokesperson for Hinduism in interfaith dialogue.

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Nancy Wake

Captain Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC GM (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance and was one of the Allies' most decorated servicewomen of the war. After the fall of France in 1940, she became a courier for the French Resistance and later joined the escape network of Captain Ian Garrow. By 1943, Wake was the Gestapo's most wanted person, with a 5 million-franc price on her head.

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Archie Roach

Archie Roach (born 8 January 1956, Mooroopna) is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, who survived a turbulent upbringing to develop into a powerful voice for Indigenous Australians. He is a storyteller in the tradition of his ancestors, and a nationally popular and respected artist.

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Ruby Hunter

Ruby Charlotte Margaret Hunter (31 October 1955 – 17 February 2010) was an Australian singer and songwriter. She was a member of the Ngarrindjeri mob, and often performed with her partner, Archie Roach, whom she met at the age of 16, while both were homeless teenagers.

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John Schumann

John Lewis Schumann (born 18 May 1953) is an Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist who is best known as the lead singer for the folk group Redgum and their chart-topping hit "I Was Only Nineteen", a song exploring the psychological and medical side-effects of serving in the Australian forces during the Vietnam War. Schumann was an Australian Democrats candidate in the 1998 Federal election, narrowly failing to unseat Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for the Division of Mayo.

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John Seed

John Seed is an author, activist, bard, songwriter and film-maker. He has lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earthing workshops around the world for 25 years. He is also the Founder and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia and is known in some circles as "the town crier for the global village".

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Robert de Castella

Robert Francois "Rob" de Castella, AO MBE, (born 27 February 1957) is an Australian former world champion marathon runner. De Castella is widely known as "Deek" or "Deeks" to the Australian public, and "Tree" to his competitors due to his thick legs and inner calm. He holds the Oceanian record for the marathon.

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Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati

Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati is a western medical doctor, yoga Acharya (authority), yoga therapist, author and teacher. He integrates western mind-body medicine and psychotherapy with eastern methods of mind-body development and awakening consciousness. He is a highly experienced teacher of yoga, yoga-tantra and other systems of self-development that lead to greater self-awareness and self-mastery.

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Stephanie Alexander


Stephanie Ann Alexander, AO, is an Australian cook, restaurateur and food writer.


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George Negus


George Edward Negus (born 12 March 1942) is an Australian author, journalist and television presenter specialising in international affairs.


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Ned Kelly


Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854 or 1855 – 11 November 1880) was an Irish Australian bushranger. Kelly's legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood.


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Reg Mombassa

Chris O'Doherty, better known by the pseudonym Reg Mombassa, is a New Zealand born artist and musician. Currently residing in Australia, he is well-known both for his artworks and his musical exploits, as a founding member of the band Mental As Anything and member of Dog Trumpet (alongside his brother Peter O'Doherty). Worldwide, he is perhaps better known for his irreverent designs for surfwear company Mambo Graphics..


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Stephen Page

Stephen Page (born 1965) is the Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. He is descended from the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe from southeast Queensland.


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Anna Bligh

Anna Maria Bligh (born 14 July 1960) is an Australian politician and was the 37th Premier of Queensland, being in office from 2007 to 2012. Bligh was an Australian Labour Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of South Brisbane from 1995 to 2012.


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Lou Bennett

Lou Bennett is an Indigenous Australian musician and actor. Bennett started her musical career with her uncle's band "The Shades", before later joining Richard Frankland's band "Djaambi", where she met Sally Dastey and Amy Saunders. Bennett, Dastey and Saunders later formed the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award-winning band "Tiddas".


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Father Bob Maguire

Fr Bob Maguire is a man of passion, creativity and humour; he is part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa. He would hate this categorisation. But he has a unique combination of traits. In each of these he is a risk taker. He is an elusive chameleon, a man of brilliant riddles.


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Elizabeth Jolley

Monica Elizabeth Jolley AO (4 June 1923 – 13 February 2007) was an English-born writer who settled in Western Australia in the late 1950s. She was 53 when her first book was published, and she went on to publish fifteen novels (including an autobiographical trilogy), four short story collections and three non-fiction books, publishing well into her 70s and achieving significant critical acclaim. Her novels explore "alienated characters and the nature of loneliness and entrapment."


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Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson is one of Australia's top comedians. He is also an author and is well known in the media for his work in TV and Radio.


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Professor Chris O’Brien AO MS MD FRCS (HON) FRACS

Chris O’Brien was a man of leadership, vision and courage. He inspired people, both through his work as a cancer specialist and through his own three year battle with an aggressive brain tumour.


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Sarah Buckley

Sarah J Buckley is a trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting.


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Eve Hillary

Eve Hillary BHSc. MA, ND is a health practitioner, journalist, and best-selling author. Her book, Beyond the Toxic Harvest, traces the healing journey of a chemically injured family. Its message creates awareness about environmental health, safe consumer choices, and how to achieve wellness and maintain a healthy balance in a toxic world.


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Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty grew up in Kenthurst in Sydney's north-west. A multiple finalist for the Archibald
Prize. He finally won the prize in 2011 for his portrait of Australian artist Margaret Olley.


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Max Gillies

Max Gillies AM (born 16 November 1941 in Melbourne) is an Australian actor and is well known for his work in theatre and with caricatures. Prominent figures he has caricatured include; John Howard, Alexander Downer, Amanda Vanstone, Kerry Packer Rupert Murdoch, Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth II and many more.


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Rose Bygrave

Roslyn Louise "Rose" Bygrave is an inspiring singer/songwriter who is renowned for compassionate songwriting which reflects on the land, love, and especially issues of indigenous and social justice. Her voice and musicianship are regarded as among the best in Australian contemporary folk.


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Peter Allen

Peter Allen (10 February 1944 – 18 June 1992) was an Australian songwriter and entertainer. In addition to recording many albums, he enjoyed a cabaret and concert career, including appearing at Radio City Music Hall riding a camel. Following a marriage to Liza Minnelli which ended in divorce; he proclaimed his homosexuality.


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Layne Beachley

At the age of 16, Beachley became a professional surfer. By the age of 20 she was ranked sixth in the world. Beachley became the Women's ASP World Champion in 1998, and won the title again in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. She is the first woman in history to gain 7 World Championships, six of them consecutive.


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Kev Carmody

Kevin Daniel "Kev" Carmody (born 1946, Cairns, Queensland) is an Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter. One of his most well known songs is "From Little Things Big Things Grow" which he recorded with co-writer Paul Kelly in1993. Carmody was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 27 August 2009.


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Percy Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961) was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century. He also made many adaptations of other composers' works.


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David Unaipon

David Unaipon (born David Ngunaitponi) (28 September 1872 – 7 February 1967) was a well-known Indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Unaipon's contribution to Australian society helped to break many Indigenous Australian stereotypes. Unaipon is also featured on the Australian $50 note.


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Sarah Ann Watt

Sarah Ann Watt (30 August 1958 – 4 November 2011) was an Australian film director, who made made award-winning animated short films before moving into live-action. She was a passionately creative person, a great storyteller, and was known for her wry sense of humour and singular vision.



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Tim Flannery

Timothy Fridtjof Flannery (born 28 January 1956), is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist. Aside from chairing the Copenhagen Climate Council, holding the Chair in Environmental Sustainability, and heading up the Climate Change Commission in Australia, Flannery is a well-known author, publishing The Future Eaters: an Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People in 1994 and later The Weathermakers.



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Paul Kelly

Paul Maurice Kelly was born on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia, to John Erwin Kelly, a lawyer, and Josephine Kelly (née Filippini), as the sixth of nine children. Paul Kelly has been acknowledged as one of Australia's best singer-songwriters. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly "one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard - Australian or otherwise."



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Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in Karrinyup on the 4th August, 1960 Western Australia, but moved at age of 12 to the regional city of Albany. He is a well-known novelist and writes in the genres of literature, children’s literature, non-fiction and short stories.

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Khoa Do

Khoa Do was born in 1979 in Saigon, Vietnam. Khoa and his family arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1980 as Vietnamese refugees and since then, two of the brothers Khoa and Anh have grown up to be veritable Australian celebrities - Anh is becoming well-known as a comedian whilst Khoa has been very busy being a film director, screenwriter, professional speaker and philanthropist.

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Brigitte Muir

In 1997 Brigitte Muir became the first Australian woman to conquer Mount Everest and the first Australian to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Her motto, 'We must live our dreams, not dream our lives', is based on a quote from Stendhal (the pen name of 19th century French author Marie-Henri Beyle). She recalls encountering this quotation as a secondary school student, and she has tried to stay true to it ever since.

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Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore (16 August 1865 – 3 December 1962) was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist. She also campaigned for better working conditions for working women, for children's welfare and for a better deal for indigenous Australians. It is Gilmore's image that appears on the Australian $10 note, along with an illustration inspired by one of her poems, No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest.

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Arthur Boyd

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd, AC, OBE (24 July 1920 – 24 April 1999) was born at Murrumbeena, Victoria and became one of the leading Australian painters of the late 20th century. A member of one of the most renowned artistic dynasties of Australian art history, Boyd was influenced by his eminent artistic family, learning painting, ceramic sculpture and pottery from an early age. Exhibiting widely from 1949 in Australia, Europe, America , Hong Kong and Asia, Arthur became Australia's most recognised and venerable artist. His work is located within the Australian National Gallery, all State and regional galleries as well as prominent public collections abroad.

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Judith Wright

Judith Wright (born 31 May, 1915) was a prolific Australian poet, critic, and short-story writer. She was also an uncompromising environmentalist and social activist campaigning for Aboriginal land rights. She believed that the poet should be concerned with national and social problems.

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Florence Broadhurst

Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland in 1899. Initially in her career, she was a singer, winning local eisteddfords – the first group she joined was known as the “Diggers” who performed in Toowoomba. In 1922 she joined a comedy sextet known as the "Globe Trotters" and later the "Broadcasters", who toured South East Asia and China.

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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson, (born 18 May 1993) is an Australian sailor. She resides in Buderim, Queensland. In May 2010, she unofficially became the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world.

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Bob Randall

Uncle Bob Randall was born around 1929 in the bush of the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. He is a“Tjilpi” (special teaching uncle) of the Yankunytjatjara Nation and one of the listed traditional keepers of the great monolith, Uluru. At about age 7, Bob was taken away from his mother and family under government policy which forcibly removed all half-caste (half-Aboriginal) children from their families.

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David Helfgott

David Helfgott was born in Melbourne to Polish-Jewish parents. He became known as a child prodigy after his father started teaching him the piano when he was five. When he was ten years old he studied under Frank Arndt, a Perth piano teacher, and won several local competitions—sometimes alone and sometimes with his elder sister Margaret.

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Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer was born Robyn Smith in Prospect, South Australia. She began singing at four years old and singing professionally from 12 years old, everything from folk and pop and graduating to blues, rock, jazz and cabaret. She graduated from Adelaide University and immediately took up a full-time singing career. Archer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours English) and Diploma of Education from Adelaide University. Archer is openly gay.

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Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong was born in Melbourne, Victoria on December 18, 1950. She was the middle child of a local real estate agent father and a primary school teacher mother. Her father was a frustrated photographer who, whilst unable to follow his dreams professionally, always practiced as an amateur (Armstrong reminiscences of how she grew up in a dark room, learning all about photography.)

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Jane Campion

Jane Campion (born Elizabeth Jane Campion,]30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is also the first female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993).

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Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is a film and television director, film and television producer and writer who has contributed extensively to the development of indigenous filmmakers in Australia and, more broadly, the Australian film industry. In addition to her experience as an executive producer for both the ABC and SBS, Ms Perkins has had a successful film and documentary-making career, directing the feature films Bran Nue Dae, Radiance and One Night the Moon, which received five Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, as well as the critically acclaimed television series First Australians, which won the 2008 Logie Award for Best Documentary.

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Margaret Olley

Margaret Hannah Olley AC (24 June 1923 – 26 July 2011) was an Australian painter and was the subject of more than 90 solo exhibitions. She is noted for her colourful still life paintings and intimate interiors.

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Michael Leunig

Leunig, a fifth generation Australian, was born in East Melbourne, Victoria, grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and went to Maribyrnong High School before entering an arts degree at Monash University. His first cartoons appeared in the Monash University student newspaper, Lot's Wife, in the late 1960s. He was conscripted in the Vietnam War call-up, but he registered as a conscientious objector; in the event, he was rejected on health grounds when it was revealed that he was deaf in one ear.

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Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja

Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja AM (born 9 September 1969) is an Australian former politician and former leader of the Australian Democrats. She was a Democrats senator for South Australia from 1995 to 2008. Appointed to the Senate at the age of 26, she was the youngest woman ever to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, until Sarah Hanson-Young was elected in 2007.

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Professor Ian Brighthope

Professor Ian Brighthope graduated in Agricultural Science in 1965. For the next three years he was involved in teaching and research. His research interests were in the fields of agriculture and veterinary nutrition, including the nutritional health of cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, pigs and poultry. His involvement in the design and implementation of field trials provided him with a deep respect for scientific methods, its strengths and its weaknesses. He was a Foundation Member of Agricultural Technologists of Australia, now renamed The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology..

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Ian Gawler

Ian Gawler

Ian James Gawler (born 25 February 1950) is an Australian author and a prominent advocate for the therapeutic application of mind-body medicine and meditation. In 1987, Gawler was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his contributions to the community.

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Petrea King

Petrea King N.D., D.R.M., D.B.M., Dip.Cl.Hyp., I.Y.T.A. Petrea King is Founding Director and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation, which she established in 1989. She is a well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator. She is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, clinical hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher.

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Christine Anu

Christine Anu was born in Cairns, Queensland to a Torres Strait Islander mother from Saibai. Christine is arguably one of Australia’s most successful indigenous performers and most popular recording artistes, a statement which is backed by an award-winning repertoire which includes music, theatre, dance, film, television and children’s entertainment.

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Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the few people who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting”: an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He is also the foundation President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was awarded Australian of the Year in 2012.

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Mandawuy Yunupingu

Mandawuy Yunupingu was born on 17 September 1956 near the remote north-east Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala, 600 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. Mandawuy/s surname, Yunupingu, means "rock that will stand against anything".

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David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (born 1 July 1953) is a Yolngu man of the Mandhalpuyngu language group. In 1969, David's extraordinary skill as a tribal dancer caught the attention of British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who had come to Maningrida scouting locations for a forthcoming film. Nicolas promptly cast the sixteen year old unknown to play a principal role in his internationally acclaimed motion picture Walkabout, released in 1971. David's on-screen charisma, combined with his exceptional acting and dancing skills, was such that he became an instant national and international celebrity.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye (or Emily Kam Ngwarray) (1910 - 3 September 1996) was a female Australian Aboriginal artist from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory and was one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Kngwarreye lived in the Anmatyerre language group at Alhalkere which is about 250 km north east of Alice Springs and did not take up painting seriously until she was nearly 80. Emily had one brother and one sister, and no children of her own. Emily's initial artistic training was as a traditional Indigenous woman, preparing and using designs for women's ceremonies. Her training in western techniques began with batik:

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Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996, after 10 years as an MHA in Tasmania's state parliament.In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it has taken 10 years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate.

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Garry MacDonald

Garry MacDonald

McDonald was born in Bondi, Sydney and was educated at Cranbrook School. During his time at Cranbrook, McDonald developed an interest in acting and despite family objections, went on to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Early in his career, he met his wife, the actress Diane Craig, during a production of Let's Get A Divorce. They have two grown children, and live in Berry on the NSW south coast.

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett was born in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Her mother June, was an Australian property developer and teacher, and her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., was from Texas and a US Navy Petty Officer who later worked as an advertising executive. The two met while Blanchett's father's ship, the USS Arneb was in Melbourne. When Blanchett was ten, she lost her father to a heart attack. She has two siblings; her older brother Bob is a computer systems engineer, and her younger sister Genevieve, has worked as a theatrical designer.

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Brett Whiteley

Born in Sydney in 1939, Whiteley grew up in Longueville, NSW and by the age of seven had won his first art competition. He was sent to boarding school at Scots College, Bathurst and in 1956 was awarded first prize in the Young Painters' section of the Bathurst Show. He left school mid-year and took night classes in drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney while holding down a job at an advertising agency.

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Barry Humphries

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, Dadaist, artist, author and character actor. He is best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to the Court of St. James. He is a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter.

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Ruth Cracknell

Ruth Cracknell

Ruth Cracknell is one of Australia’s finest actors. From her performances as the much loved Maggie in "Mother and Son" to classic and contemporary drama, Ruth has brought a strength and style which has made her a role model for others.


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Peter Cundall/Conservationist

Peter Cundall was born into an impoverished home, "the poorest of the poor", in Manchester on 1 April 1927, as the second of six children. Two of his brothers died when he was young. His father was an alcoholic and battered his mother. This put Peter off alcohol forever. He was sent to a Catholic school, but never believed the dogma he was taught. His Head Teacher called him a "steady lad who tries hard".


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Fred Hollows

Fred Hollows

Professor Fred Hollows was an eye doctor (opthalmologist). In his lifetime Fred gave thousands of people, all over the world, their eyesight back. Fred Hollows was born in New Zealand in 1929. His family was religious, and Fred thought he'd like to be a missionary, but he changed his mind after doing some work at a mental hospital. Fred decided to become a doctor and eventually specialised in eye surgery.


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Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian television and film actor. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left his homeland for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008). In addition to acting, he produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.


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Helen Caldicott

Helen Caldicott

The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.


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  Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman Cathy was born in Mackay in the Queensland, a state in Australia with a tropical climate. She was one of five children. She grew up in a lively family where there was lots of support from aunties, uncles and cousins. There were lots of big gatherings where all of the family would come and share a barbecue, cricket game and even the occasional attempt at a corroboree.


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Eddie Mabo

Eddie Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander who became famous in Australian history for his role in a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that overturned the legal statute of terra nullius which characterised Australian law with regards to land and title.


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  Jimmy Little

Australian Hero - Jimmy Little

James Oswald Little was born on 1 March 1937 and his totem is the long-necked turtle. His mother Frances, was a Yorta Yorta woman and his father, James Little Sr, was from the Yuin people. Jimmy Little Sr was a tap dancer, comedian, musician and singer who led his own vaudeville troupe along the Murray River during the 1930s and 1940sand his mother was a singer and yodeller.


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Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

Edward (Ned) Kelly was born in Victoria in 1854 to Irish parents and at the age of 12 the family of ten moved to Greta a small town North-East of Melbourne. Ned was just 16 when he was convicted of receiving a stolen horse and served three years in gaol before being released in 1874. Whether or not he was set for a life of crime is hard to say, but one event had a dramatic effect on determining his future and that was in April 1878 a police officer called Fitzpatrick accused Ned's mother of attacking him and Ned of shooting him in the wrist.


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  Albert Namatjira - Aboriginal Artist

Albert Namatjira - Aboriginal Artist

Albert Namatjira was named Elea when born but after moving to an Aboriginal Mission his name was changed by his adoptive parents. It was not until he was 13 that he had significant cultural influence from his own Aboriginal people when he was taken back to his Arnada tribe for the learning of traditional life and customs.


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  Victor Chang – Asian immigrant and pioneer of

Victor Chang – Asian immigrant and pioneer of
Australian heart surgery


Dr Chang became Australia’s greatest and arguably the best heart surgeon of this country. Born in China in 1936 and emigrating to Australia in 1951 after losing his mother to cancer when he was just 12 years of age, Chang had already decided at that tender age to become a doctor.


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  Edith Cowan – Early Champion for Women’s Rights

Edith Cowan – Early Champion for Women’s Rights

Edith Cowan was born in Western Australia in 1861 and lived on a property in Geraldton North of Perth. After the death of her mother when she was just 11 years of age he father sent her to a boarding school. Sometime later her father remarried and during a bout of heavy drinking shot and killed his second wife a crime for which he hung.


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  Phar Lap – Australasia’s greatest racehorse

Phar Lap – Australasia’s greatest racehorse

Phar Lap, known as the “Red Terror” was Australasia’s greatest racehorse. Among his greatest wins was the 1930 Melbourne Cup. He started 51 races and won 37 times. So dominant in races was Phar Lap, that he was forced to carry a massive handicap weight – and still won. His last race won and in record time was the Aguas Caliente Handicap in the USA. Phar Lap died haemorrhaging in the arms of his trainer Tommy Woodcock under mysterious circumstances.

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