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Melbourne Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, has been home to many distinguished and famous people. Here are some of them:

Sports Personalities

  • Dame Edna Everage - Comedian and Actress
  • James Tomkins - Olympic rower
  • Australia's Test cricket captain Ricky Ponting
  • Cathy Freeman - Olympic athlete
  • Mark Webber - Formula One driver
  • Peter Daicos - Australian rules footballer

Business Personalities

  • Graeme Samuel - Businessman and former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Janine Allis - Founder of Boost Juice and Retail Zoo
  • Jack Cowin - Founder of Hungry Jack's
  • Maurice Blackburn - Founder of the Australian Labor Party (ALP)'s favorite law firm
  • Ken Burrows - Founder of Burson-Marsteller
  • Anthony Pratt - Chairman of Pratt Industries and one of the richest people in Australia

Performing Arts Personalities

  • Geoffrey Rush - Actor and Oscar winner
  • Michael Hutchence - Lead singer of INXS
  • Olivia Newton John - Singer and actress
  • Peter Allen - Singer and songwriter
  • Caroline O'Connor - Dancer and actress

Visual Arts Personalities

  • John Brack - Painter
  • Arthur Boyd - Painter
  • Bill Henson - Photographer
  • John Olsen - Painter
  • Mark Schaller - Painter

Writers and Journalists

  • Michael Gawenda - Journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Age
  • Nicole Hayes - Writer and co-author of the book 'The Whole of My World'
  • Peter Carey - Novelist and two-time winner of the Booker Prize
  • Frank Hardy - Writer and political activist
  • Helen Garner - Writer and columnist
  • Elyne Mitchell - Author of 'The Silver Brumby'


  • Julia Gillard - Australia's first female Prime Minister
  • Richard Di Natale - Former Australian Greens leader
  • Bruce Ruxton - Former President of the Victorian RSL and outspoken conservative commentator
  • John Cain - Former Premier of Victoria
  • James Scullin - Former Prime Minister of Australia

Who's Who in Melbourne

These are just some of the famous and distinguished people from Melbourne, Victoria. Their contributions to various fields have put Melbourne on the map as a vibrant and culturally diverse city.

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