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Bendigo Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Bendigo

  • Nicole Kidman

    An internationally acclaimed actress and producer, Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Australian parents on June 20, 1967. However, she spent several years of her childhood in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, before moving back to Sydney to pursue her acting career. Kidman has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards.

  • John Forbes

    John Forbes was a renowned Australian poet. He was born in 1950 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Forbes is known for his poetry collections such as "The Clean Dark," "Stalin's Holidays," and "Collected Poems," which received critical acclaim and have become influential works in Australian literature.

  • Hugh Ross Williamson

    Hugh Ross Williamson (1901-1978) was an English author and journalist. Although born in London, he spent a significant part of his childhood in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Williamson wrote numerous historical books, including "Gallipoli," "The Patriots of Greece," and "The Bowmen of England," which established his reputation as a distinguished historian and writer.

  • Margaret Lawrence

    Margaret Lawrence was an exceptional Australian painter born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, in 1921. She gained recognition for her unique artistic style and worked extensively with landscapes and impressionistic themes. Lawrence's paintings have been exhibited in several prestigious galleries across Australia.

  • Stan "Satan" Sharpe

    Stanley Horace Sharpe (1888-1968), known by the nickname "Satan," was a professional Australian rules footballer. Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, Sharpe played for the South Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the early 20th century. He was a dominant forward and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his era.

  • Shirley Strickland

    Shirley Strickland (later Shirley Strickland de la Hunty) was born on July 18, 1925, in Guildford, Western Australia, but grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. She was a highly accomplished Australian athlete who specialized in sprint and hurdling events. Strickland won a total of seven Olympic medals throughout her career, including three gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal.

  • George Lansell

    George Lansell (1827-1906) was a prominent businessman and philanthropist in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Known as the "Quartz King," Lansell made a fortune in the gold mining industry during the Victorian gold rush. He invested significantly in Bendigo's development and donated substantial sums to various charities and public projects.

  • Robert Helpmann

    Robert Helpmann, born on April 9, 1909, in Mount Gambier, South Australia, spent part of his childhood in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Helpmann was an acclaimed Australian dancer, choreographer, and actor. He choreographed and performed in numerous ballet productions and starred in movies like "The Red Shoes" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

These are just a few notable individuals who were either born or associated with Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. The city has produced many more distinguished and famous people who have made remarkable contributions in various fields.

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