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Greater Brisbane Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Greater Brisbane

The following is a compilation of distinguished and famous individuals who were born in Greater Brisbane, a region in Queensland, Australia. These individuals have made significant contributions to various fields and have achieved notable recognition for their work.

1. Geoffrey Rush (born July 6, 1951)

Geoffrey Rush is an internationally acclaimed actor, born in Toowoomba, just outside Greater Brisbane. He has won numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award. Rush is known for his diverse roles in films such as "Shine," "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and "The King's Speech."

2. Andrew Laming (born May 8, 1966)

Andrew Laming is a politician and member of the Australian House of Representatives. He was born in Brisbane and has represented the division of Bowman since 2004. Laming has actively contributed to public service and policy-making in Australia.

3. Judith Wright (born May 31, 1915 - died June 25, 2000)

Judith Wright was an influential Australian poet, environmentalist, and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. She was born in Brisbane and her work often explored themes related to nature, Indigenous culture, and social justice. Wright's poetry collections, including "The Gateway" and "The Two Fires," have become integral to Australian literature.

4. Darren Hayes (born May 8, 1972)

Darren Hayes is a renowned musician, singer, and songwriter. He was born in Brisbane and gained international fame as the frontman of the pop duo Savage Garden. With hits like "Truly Madly Deeply," the band achieved immense success in the late 1990s. Hayes has also pursued a successful solo career.

5. Peter Beattie (born November 18, 1952)

Peter Beattie is a respected Australian politician and former Premier of Queensland. He was born in Sydney but raised in Brisbane. Beattie served as the Premier for nine years from 1998 to 2007, during which he made significant contributions to the state's infrastructure and economic growth.

6. Keith Urban (born October 26, 1967)

Keith Urban is a highly acclaimed country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Born in Whangarei, New Zealand, Urban moved to Queensland as a child and began his musical career in the Greater Brisbane area. With numerous awards and chart-topping hits, Urban is recognized worldwide for his contributions to the country music genre.

7. Catherine Hamlin (born January 24, 1924 - died March 18, 2020)

Catherine Hamlin was an Australian obstetrician and gynecologist who dedicated her life to helping women suffering from obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. Although she was born in Sydney, she spent a significant part of her early life in Brisbane and completed her medical training there. Hamlin's tireless efforts established the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and helped thousands of women reclaim their lives.

8. Judith Durham (born July 3, 1943)

Judith Durham is an Australian singer and musician who rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of the popular folk-pop group The Seekers. Born in Essendon, Victoria, Durham spent much of her childhood in Brisbane. The Seekers achieved international success with hits like "Georgy Girl" and Durham's powerful vocals became iconic in the 1960s music scene.

9. Bart Cummings (born November 14, 1927 - died August 30, 2015)

Bart Cummings was a legendary Australian racehorse trainer known as the "Cups King." Born in Glenelg, South Australia, Cummings later moved to Brisbane and established his renowned racing stables there. His career yielded an unprecedented 12 Melbourne Cup victories, earning him immense respect in the racing industry.

10. Anna Meares (born September 21, 1983)

Anna Meares is an Australian former professional track cyclist. Born in Blackwater, Queensland, she grew up in the Greater Brisbane region. Meares is one of the most successful track cyclists in history, with multiple Olympic and World Championship titles to her name. Her achievements have made her an inspiration for aspiring athletes.

These individuals represent just a sample of the talented and accomplished people who were either born or associated with Greater Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Their contributions across various domains have left a lasting impact and continue to inspire generations.

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