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Famous Australian April Birthdays

APRIL 1 TO 15     APRIL 16 TO 30

JAN   1-15   16-31 APR   1-15   16-30 JULY   1-15   16-31 OCT   1-15   16-31
FEB   1-15   16-29 MAY   1-15   16-31 AUG   1-15   16-31 NOV   1-15   16-30
MAR   1-15   16-31 JUNE   1-15   16-31 SEPT   1-15   16-30 DEC   1-15   16-31
Birth Death Born in April A little bit about them . . .
16 April 1865 -1945 Harry Chauvel
Henry George Chauvel
Australian general, fought at Gallipoli, first Australian to attain rank of lieutenant general, later major general, comander of Desert Mounted Corps, commander of Anzac Mounted Division, commanded the mounted infantry bayonet charge by the 4th Light Horse Brigade in the Battle of Beersheba 1917, after helping to win the Battle of Megiddo his mounted divisions followed up with 167 km in only 3 days to help capture Damascus with the Australian Mounted Division losing 21 killed and 71 wounded, capturing 31,335 Turkish prisoners, awarded French Croix de Guerre avec Palme by the President of France, Order of the Nile by the Sultan of Egypt, Order of St Michael and St George by King George V
16 April 1940 Paul Cox
Paulus Henriqus
Benedictus Cox
Dutch-Australian film director (My First Wife, Human Touch, Man of Flowers, Secret Life of Trees), 1984 AFI Award, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Award 1991
16 April 1954 John Bowe Australian race car driver, first place in Touring Car Masters 2011, 12, 16, Australian Touring Car Championship 1995, Australian Sports Car Championship 1086, Australian Drivers Championship 1984, 85, winner Bathurst 1000 in 1989, 94
16 April 1978 Matthew James Lloyd Australian rules footballer, Coleman Medal 2001, 02, 03, Jim Stynes Medal 2001, Australian football Hall of Fame
17 April 1910 -1999 Ivan Goff Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces, King of the Khyber Rifles, pilot for Charles Angels,  Legend of the Lone Ranger, Logan’s Run, Ironside, Burke’s Law, Mannix )
17 April 1977 Phil Jamieson Australian musician, singer, founding member of alternative rock band Grinspoon
18 April 1839 -1882 Henry Kendall
Thomas Henry Kendall
Australian bush poet (Bell BirdsLast of His TribeHow The Melbourne Cup Was WonFaith In God)
18 April 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza Filipino-Australian bantamweight division boxer, gold medal Tokyo 1969 Asian youth championships, gold medal Bangkok Asian Games, silver medal Asian Boxing Championship 1971 Tehran, Manila Golden Gloves Champion 1965-71
18 April 1985 Karl Reindler Australian race car driver, 1st place Australian Forumla 3 championship 2004, Australian F3 Rookie of the Year 2003
20 April 1919 -1943 Richard Hillary Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), Flight Lieutenant No. 603 Squadron RAF, shot down 3 September 1940 by a Messerschmitt BF 109, bailed out into North Sea but suffered extensive burns to his face and hands, endured painful surgery, returned to duty, died 8 Jan 1943 with radio operator when they crashed during a night training flight
20 April 1938 Betty Cuthbert
Elizabeth Cuthbert
Australian athlete, world records for 60 metres, 100 yards, 200 metres, 220 yards and 440 yards, four-time Olympic champion: 3 gold medals 1956 Melbourne (100 & 200 metres, 4×100 m relay), gold medal 1964 Toyoko (400 metres), three-time Commonwealth Games gold medal 1962 Perth (4×110 yards relay), 2 silver medals 1958 Cardiff (220 yards & 4×110 yards relay), one of Olympic Torch bearers sitting in her wheelchair pushed by Raelene Boyle in the stadium at Opening Ceremony 2000 Summer Olympics SydneyNational Living Treasure
20 April 1963 Bret Garsed
Brett Edward Garsed
Australian musician songwriter, guitarist with John Farnham (Whispering Jack, Age of Reason , Chain Reaction), with American band Nelson (After the Rain, Because They Can, Imaginator, Perfect Storm)
20 April 1966 David Chalmers
David John Chalmers
Australian philosopher, cognitive scientist, author (The Conscious Mind), Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, Professor of Philosophy at New York University, elected in 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
20 April 1983 Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr
Australian supermodel, began modeling at 13, first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angels, first pregnant model for Vogue Australia for 2011, earned $6.5 million she placed # 6 in Forbes 2015 list of world’s highest paid models
21 April 1944 Russell Boyd Australian cinematographer, 2003 Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Master & Commander Far Side of the World), Australian Film Institute for Best Achivement in Cinematography 1981 (Gallipoli), 1978 (The Last Wave), 1977 (Break of Day)
22 April 1917 -1992 Sidney Nolan
Sidney Robert Nolan
Australian artist, painted wide range of historical and legendary figures (Ned Kelly, Burke & Wills, Eliza Fraser), his paintings of Ned Kelly in his armour is the iconic Australian image and shown on a giant screen during 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney opening ceremony, he also illustrated over 70 publications, in 1965 completed large mural (20 x 3.6 metre) rendered in enamelled jewellery on 1.5 tonnes heavy guage copper to depict 1854 Eureka Stockage, this mural is located at entrance to Reserve Bank of Australia in Melbourne, painting First-Class Marksman sold in 2010 for $5.4 million by the Art Gallery of NSW
23 April 1962 Elaine Smith Scottish-Australian actress (Neighbours, Sons and Daughters, Flying Doctors, All Saints, Home & Away)
23 April 1955 Judy Davis Australian actress (Husbands & Wives, My Brilliant Career, A Passage to India, Serving in Silence, The Starter Wife), AACTA Award, two BAFTA Awards, three Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Award
23 April 1969 Richard Wolstencroft
Richard Masters
Australian filmmaker (Marauders, Bloodlust, Pearls Before Swine, The Beautiful and Damned), founder and director Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF)
24 April 1877 -1964 Irene Longman
Irene Maud Bayley
Australian politician and teacher, elected in 1929 to represent Country and Progressive National Party in seat of Bulimba in Queensland Legislative Assembly, as a woman never allowed to use parliamentary dining room but required to eat meals on the verandah, also during that time there were no women’s toilets in the parliamentary building, president of the National Council of Women of Queensland
24 April 1941 John Williams
John Christopher Williams
Australian classical guitarist, Grammy Award 1973, visiting professor & honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London
24 April 1959 Malcolm Oastler Australian engineer, responsible for many designs at Reynard in racing categories: Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000, Formula 3000 and IndyCar
25 April 1892 -1964 Ola Cohn
Carola Cohn
Australian artist, best known for sculpture the Fairies Tree in Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne donated to children of Melboune, author (The Fairies Tree, Castles in the Air, Mostly Cats)
25 April 1960 Bruce Redman Australian academic, filmmaker, Big Brother ( 2001–02 producer,director, writer), taught at Bond University, QUT and Griffith University, University of Queensland
25 April 1975 Chris Lilley
Christopher Daniel Lilley
Australian actor, comedian, writer (Big Bite, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Jonah from Tonga), twoLogies 2006, two Logie Awards 2008Logie Award 2014
26 April 1916 -1999 Morris West
Morris Langlo West
Australian playwright, novelist (The Devil’s Advocate (1959), Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), The Clowns of God(1981)), books published in 27 languages sold over 60 million copies worldwide, helped found Australian Society of Authors in 1960s, never won the acceptance of Australia’s literary clique, 1997 Oxford Literary History of Australia did not mention him at all
26 April 1922 Margaret Scott
Catherine Margaret Mary
South African-Australian ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, helped found Australian Ballet School 1964
26 April 1943 Prue Acton
Prudence Leigh Acton
Australian fashion designer, designed Australian Olympic uniforms (Lake Placid 1978, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988), in 1967 became first Australian female designer to show her range of garments in New York, 1982 estimated world-wide sales of her designs were $11 million from sales in Australia and overseas, 2005 honoured on a commemorative Australian postage stamp with other Australian fashion designers
27 April 1967 Erik Thomson Scottish-Australian actor (Packed to the Rafters, The Alice, Pacific Drive, Always Greener, All Saints)2003 Silver Logie
27 April 1969 Spike Cheney
Grahame Francis Cheney
Australian boxer, silver medal 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul (light welterweight), bronze medal 1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland (welterweight)
28 April 1795 -1869 Charles Sturt
Charles Napier Sturt
British explorer of Australia, his explorations led to city of Adelaide being established, charted the Murray river from the Murrumbidgee River, rowed and sailed almost 2,900 kilometres of the river system, his party almost died of starvation, ordeal left him almost blind, developed scurvy while on later expeditions to reach the centre of Australia, appointed Colonia Secretary in Adelaide, unsuccessfully applied for position of Governor of Victoria and Governor of Queensland, he is commorated by Sturt’s Desert Pea, Sturt’s Desert Rose, Sturt Stony Desert, Sturt Highway, Charles Sturt University, buried in Cheltenham Cemetary, England
28 April 1956 Jimmy Barnes
James Dixon Swan
Scottish-Australian singer, lead vocalist with rock band Cold Chisel, Barnes is his step-father’s surname, ARIA Hall of Fame 2005ARIA Hall of Fame (with Cold Chisel) 2006, ARIA 1992ARIA 1989
29 April 1929 -2014 Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Joshua Sculthorpe
Australian composer (Kakadu, Earth Cry, Irkanda, Rites of Passage), Emeritus Professor University of Sydney, 1982 a painting of Sculthorpe by artist Eric Smith won the Archibald Prize, an Australian Living Treasure
29 April 1950 Phillip Noyce Australian film director (Patriot Games, Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Salt, Americana, Mary and Martha, Dead Calm, Revenge, The Giver, Catch a Fire)
29 April 1984 Firass Dirani Lebanese-Australian actor (Underbelly Golden Mile, Hacksaw Ridge, House Husbands, HOme & Away, All Saints, Potato Factory, Black Balloon, and Killer Elite), two Logie Awards 2011
30 April 1943 Paul Jennings British-Australian children’s book writer (Rascal series, Cabbage Patch series, Gizmo series, Singenpoo series and others), winner of over 60 literary awards
30 April 1987 Nikki Webster Australian pop singer (Strawberry Kisses, Something More Beautiful), best known for starring in 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics opening ceremony

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