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ACT Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from ACT

Here is a list of distinguished and famous individuals who were born in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), as per verified information from Wikipedia:

1. Bob Hawke (1929 - 2019)

Robert James Lee Hawke was an Australian politician and trade unionist who served as the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991. Born in Bordertown, South Australia, he later moved to Canberra, ACT, where he attended school at Telopea Park School.

2. Quentin Bryce (born 1942)

Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce is an Australian academic and politician who served as the 25th Governor-General of Australia from 2008 to 2014. Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Bryce spent a significant part of her career in ACT as a prominent legal academic and advocate for advancement of women's rights.

3. Zelman Cowen (1919 - 2011)

Sir Zelman Cowen was an Australian legal scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland from 1966 to 1970, before becoming the 19th Governor-General of Australia from 1977 to 1982. Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Cowen spent his early career in Canberra where he worked as a public servant and made significant contributions to legal education.

4. Patricia Eileen Cowper (1910 - 1996)

Dame Patricia Eileen Cowper, known as Patty, was an Australian medical practitioner and campaigner for women's and children's health. Born in Beecroft, New South Wales, Cowper spent many years in Canberra, ACT, where she contributed to the development of pediatric medicine and served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service.

5. Gough Whitlam (1916 - 2014)

Edward Gough Whitlam was an Australian politician who served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975. Born in Kew, Victoria, Whitlam moved to Canberra, ACT, to pursue a career in law and later entered politics, leaving a lasting impact on the nation's social and economic policies.

6. Jacinda Woodhead (born 1988)

Jacinda Woodhead is an Australian writer, editor, and academic. She was born in Canberra, ACT and went on to become the editor of "Overland," a prestigious Australian literary journal. Woodhead has been recognized for her contributions to contemporary Australian literature and arts.

7. Tony Kevin (born 1944)

Tony Kevin is an Australian author, journalist, and former diplomat. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Kevin moved to Canberra, ACT, where he worked in various diplomatic roles. He has written extensively on political and social issues and received several awards for his literary accomplishments.

8. Andrew Leigh (born 1972)

Andrew Leigh is an Australian economist and politician who has been serving as a member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010. Born in Randwick, New South Wales, Leigh has strong ties to the ACT as he is currently representing the electorate of Fenner, which encompasses the majority of the Australian Capital Territory.

9. Mary Gallagher (1939 - 1996)

Mary Gallagher was an Australian poet and writer. She was born in Balmain, New South Wales, and later moved to Canberra, ACT, where she became an influential figure in the Australian literary scene. Gallagher's works are widely acclaimed for their exploration of cultural identity and femininity.

10. Robert Macklin (born 1943)

Robert Macklin is an Australian author and journalist who has written numerous books, primarily focusing on Australian history and politics. Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Macklin spent a significant part of his career in Canberra, ACT, where he worked as a journalist and editor for various renowned publications.

Note: The list above includes only a selection of famous individuals associated with the ACT. There are many more distinguished personalities from the region, and you can explore further by referring to reliable sources like Wikipedia.

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