Greatest Australians

A look at some of the greatest Australians. If you want to complain about Kylie Minogue being number one, you can do so here. Rankings aren’t everything. But, these are some really great Australians. (work in progress)

  1. Kylie Minogue – Actress
  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 Curtain – 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

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