Posted By John
Famous Australian April Birthdays

APRIL 1 TO 15     APRIL 16 TO 30

WERE YOU or someone you know born in April? You’ll find below some notable Australian politicians, authors, actors, musicians, athletes and even a Nobel Prize winner that have April birthdays.

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 . . .
01 April 1893 -1980 Cicely Courtneidge
Esmerelda Cicely
English-Australian actress and comedienne, born into a theatrical family she starred in a variety of stage plays and musicals during her 70 years performing, awarded Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1972.
01 April 1971 Lachy Hulme Australian actor and screenwriter (Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Gallipoli, Howzat Kerry Packer’s War, Offspring)
01 April 1973 Kym Wilson Australian actress (Brides of Christ, Heartbreak High,  All Saints, A Country Practice)1992 Logie Award
01 April 1968 Gina Jeffreys
Gina Hillenberg
Gina McCormack
Australian country music singer (Girls Night Out, Two Stars Fell, Didn’t We Shine, Dancin’ with Elvis)Country Music Award (CMAA) 200219991996,19951994
01 April 1975 John Butler
John Charles
Australian-American musician, songwriter, front man for the John Butler Trio (Zebra, Something’s Gotta Give, Good Excuse, Sunrise Over Sea, April Uprising, Three) APRA Award 2004, 2006, 2008, ARIA Award 2004
02 April 1926 Jack Brabham
John Arthur Brabham
“Black Jack”
Australian mechanical engineer, race car driver, Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic, became the largest manufacturer of custom racing cars in the world in the 1960s, first and only man to win the Formula One world championship driving his own car, Australian of the Year 1966National Living Treasure 2012
02 April 1979 Mark Gregor Donaldson Australian soldier, awarded Victoria Cross for Australia for operations in Afghanistan 2 September 2008 during Operation Slipper, member Special Air Service Regiment, portrait appears on Australian postage stamp in 2015 Australian Legends series
02 April 1982 Bianca Lee Chatfield Australian netballer, played over 200 games for Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Vixens, Silver Medal 2006 Commonwealth Games, Gold Medal 2007 Netball World Championships, Bronze Medals 2009 & 2011 World Netball Series
03 April 1913 -2009 William Dudley
Australian medical officer, in 1939 joined Australian Imperial Force and saw service in Battle of Bardia, capture of Tobruk, Greek campaign, Battle of Crete, New Guinea, Borneo, promoted to rank of Major in 1942, rejoined Australian Army in 1951 during the Korean War, promoted to Major General 1955, Honorary Physician to Queen Elizabeth II (1955-64), Secretary-General of the World Medical Association (1973-76), 1990 RSL Anzac Peace Prize
03 April 1989 Israel Falou Australian footballer played in 3 different codes – Rugby League (NRL), Rugby Union, Australian Rules Football (AFL), youngest player to ever play for Melbourne Storm at 17, in 2007 was youngest player to represent Australia in Australian test side against New Zealand
04 April 1891 -1982 Samuel Wynn
Shlomo ben David
Polish-Australian wine merchant (Wynn Estate) and Jewish community leader, restaurateur, migrated from Bremen German to Melbourne Australia in 1913, worked in a vineyard and a cork factory buying his first small shop on time-payments, later expanded to producing his own wines, in 1972 Wynn Winegrowers was sold to Allied Breweries & Tooheys, 12 times president of Kadimah (Jewish National Library) in Melbourne, all 67 members of his extended family were annihilated in Europe during WWII.
04 April 1911 -1992 Max Dupain Australian photographer, Sunbaker (1937) became his most famous photo and was purchased by National Gallery of Australia, Canberra in 1976
04 April 1979 -2008 Heath Ledger
Heath Andrew Ledger
Australian actor (10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, Monster’s Ball, Ned Kelly, Brother’s Grimm, Lords of Dogtown, I’m Not There, Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Candy, Dark Knight, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), avid chess player winning WA Junior Chess Championship at age 10, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Dark Knight), daughter Matilda Rose born 28 Oct 2005
05 April 1972 Paul Michael Okon Australian footballer, coach, captained Australian National Team, Australian Football Hall of Fame 2009
06 April 1922 -1999 Gordon Maitland Chater British-Australian stage, radio, TV actor (Mavis Bramston Show, My Name’s McGooley What’s Yours), Gold Logie 1966
06 April 1982 Michael Guy Chislett Australian musician (bands: The Academy Is, Pistol Youth), played and toured with Hillsong United (All of the Above, United We Stand)
07 April 1968 Duncan Armstrong
Duncan John D’Arcy
Australian freestyle swimmer, 1988 Seoul Olympic Gold Medal, Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1993
07 April 1972 Joanne Brown Australian softball catcher, 2000 Olympics SydneyBronze Medal, 1996 Olympics Atlanta Bronze Medal, Softball Australia Hall of Fame 2004
07 April 1939 -1992 Brett Whiteley Australian painter, Archibald Prize 1976 & 78, Sulman Prize 1976 & 78, Wynne Prize 1977, 78 & 84, only person to win all 3 prizes in same year (1978), 15 years after his death his painting Olgas for Ernest Giles sold for an Australian record of $3.5 million
08 April 1900 -1979 Marie Byles
Marie Beuzeville Byles
Australian, solicitor, feminist, explorer, first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in NSW (1924), author of By Cargo Boat and Mountain about her expeditions around the world, campaigned for social justice, significant in introducing and promoting Buddhism in NSW, wrote The Lotus and the Spinning Wheel,bequeathed her home to the National Trust of Australia NSW to preserve the native bushland and surrounding reserves
08 April 1951 Peta Toppano
Peita Margaret Toppano
British-Australian actress (Class of ’75, Young Doctors, Prisoner, Home & Away, Heartbreak High, Return to Eden, Paper Man, Which Way Home, Bordertown, Never Tell Me Never, Harbour Beat)
08 April 1952 -1995 Gregg Hansford Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, winner 1993 Bathurst 1000, died in 1995 from an impact with another car while competing at over 200 km/h in a Supertouring race at Phillip Island
09 April 1929 -1993 Fred Hollows
Frederick Cossom Hollows
Australian ophthalmologist, known for his work in restoring eyesight to thousands of people in Australia and around the world, more than 1 million people can see because of initiatives he instigated, pioneered a low cost method for manufacturing intraocular lenses, trained doctors in poor communities overseas to perform simple eye surgery, started the Fred Hollows Foundation (1992), received many awards and honours including Australian of the Year 1990, Human Rights Medal 1990, featured on the 2010 $1 coin from the Royal Australian Mint, although he was an atheist he given a state funeral service at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, but buried in Bourke NSW
09 April 1867 -1941 John C. Watson 3rd Prime Minister of Australia (1904-04), Australian Commonwealth Labor Party, he is the youngest Prime Minister in Australia’s history taking office at 37, served 3 months 21days in Australia’s highest office
09 April 1909 -1986 Robert Helpmann
Robert Murray Helpman
Australian dancer, actor, choreographer, at 27 joined touring dance company of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, actor (The Red Shoes, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, 55 Days at Peking, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Patrick, Don Quixote), Director of the Australian Ballet 1974-76, in respect given a state funeral in Sydney, Australian of the Year 1965
10 April 1935 Peter Hollingworth
Peter John Hollingworth
Australian retired Anglican bishop, 8th Archbishop of Brisbane (1989-91), 23rd Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (2001-03), Australian of the Year 1991Australian Living Treasures 1997
11 April 1928 -2013 Tommy Tycho
Thomas Tycho
Hungarian-Australian pianist, conductor, composer,  film scores (Young Einstein, Reckless Kelly), TV music (Anzac series, Riptide), medal ceremony music for Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
11 April 1866 -1953 Bernard Patrick O’Dowd Australian poet, activist, child prodigy, Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court in Melbourne for 48 years, co-publisher and writer for radical paper Tocsin, poetry included (The Silent Land, Seven Deadly Sins, Dawnward, The Bush)
12 April 1883 -1959 Dally Messenger
Herbert Henry Messenger
“The Master”
Australian rugby footballer, recognised as one of the greatest-ever players in either code, represented Australia in 2 rugby union tests and 7 rugby league tests, after becoming a rugby league player his rugby union games were struck from NSW Rugby Union record books and not restored until 2008 (100 years later), Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame 2003
12 April 1952 Mike Munro
Michael Munro
Australian journalist and TV presenter (60 Minutes, A Current Affair, This Is Your Life, Missing Persons Unit, What A Year, Nine News, Ten Eyewitness News)
12 April 1961 Magda Szubanski
Magdalene Mary Szubanski
British-Australian comedian, TV presenter, radio host, actress (Babe, Babe Pig in the City, Farscape, Kath & Kim, Happy Feet 1 & 2, Crocodile Hunter Collision Course, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)Logie Award 199619921991
13 April 1891 -1921 Maurice Vincent Buckley
Gerald Sexton
Australian soldier who served under the pseudonym Gerald Sexton, awarded the Victoria Cross in WWI, his real identity was disclosed by the time King George V presented the VC to him at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace (1919), the VC citation for his actions 18 Sept 1918 was “dealing with enemy machine-guns, rushing enemy posts, and performing great feats of bravery and endurance without faltering or for a moment taking cover”, 10 Victoria Cross recipients were pallbearers at his funeral following his death 3 years later from a riding accident in Gippsland
13 April 1895 -1973 Arthur William Fadden 13th Prime Minister of Australia (1941-41), Australian Country Party, was Prime Minister 40 days before resigning to Governor-General Lord Gowrie
13 April 1945 Judy Nunn Australian actress (The Box, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, Home and Away), author (Eye in the Storm, Eye in the City, Challenge of the Trumpalar, The Glitter Game, Beneath the Southern Cross), scripts (Neighbours, Possession)
13 April 1941 Alan Jones Australian radio broadcaster, former coach of Australian National Rugby Union Team and of Rugby League, speech writer for Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (1979–81), ran 3 times for political office but lost, host of popular Sydney breakfast radio program on 2GB, Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1989
14 April 1860 -1933 George Robertson Scottish-Australian bookseller, publisher, with D. M. Angus in 1886 co-founded Angus & Robertson booksellers, around 1895 began publishing, authors included Henry LawsonBanjo PatersonVictor Daley
14 April 1978 Paul O’Brien South African-Australian actor (Home and Away, Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, John Doe)Logie 2003
15 April 1883 -1967 Stanley Melbourne Bruce 8th Prime Minister of Australia (1923-29), Australian Nationalist Party, portrait on 1972 postage stamp, Canberra suburb Bruce named after him
15 April 1952 Kym Gyngell Australian comedian (The Comedy Company, Full Frontal), actor (Lowdown, Underbelly, Wills & Burke, Heaven Tonight, The Wog Boy, The Hard Word)

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