Posted By John
Famous Australian December Birthdays


WERE YOU or someone you know born in December? You’ll find below some notable Australian politicians, footballers, actors, musicians, athletes and even several ARIA Award winners that have December 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 December A little bit about them . . .
16 Dec 1964 Georgie Parker Australian actress (A Country Practice, Acropolis Now, All Saints, Play School, Society Murders, Glass House), Gold Logie 2001 & 2002Silver Logie 19901991,19921993
16 Dec 1967 Miranda Otto Australian actress (Emma’s War, Thin Red Line, What Lies Beneath, Lord of the Rings, In Her Skin, Through My Eyes: Lindy Chamberlain Story)
17 Dec 1937 -2005 Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer Australian businessman, media tycoon, was richest and most influential man in Australia, Business Review Weekly magazine estimated his net worth at $6.5 billion, as a child Packer spent 9 months in an iron lung after being stricken with poliomyelitis
18 Dec 1951 Andrew S Thomas Australian engineer, first Australian-born professional astronaut to enter space, flew first flight in space on NASA’s Endeavour (1996), served aboard Russian Space Station Mir for 130 days (1998), logged over 177 days in space over multiple missions
19 Dec 1933 Kevan Gosper Australian athlete, silver medal 1956 Olympics Melbourne for running 4×400 metre relay race, President of Australian Olympic Committee (1985-90)
19 Dec 1974 Ricky Thomas Ponting Australian cricketer, captain Australian cricket team (2004-11), has more than 26,000 international runs (as of Nov. 2011), most successful captain of all time with 48 victories in 77 Tests (2004-10)
19 Dec 1963 Alyce Platt Australian actress (Sons and Daughters, Elephant Princess, Neighbours, City Homicide), TV presenter (Sale of the Century, Cash Trivia Challenge)
20 Dec 1894 -1978 Robert Menzies 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41 and 1949-66), Australian Liberal Party, in 1966 the Queen appointed him as Constable of Dover Castle
20 Dec 1944 Ray Martin Australian television journalist (60 Minutes, Midday with Ray Martin, A Current Affair, Four Corners), Gold Logie 1987, 1993-96, 2010
20 Dec 1942 Roger Robert Woodward Australian classical concert pianist, made almost 100 recordings for different labels (ABC Classics, Decca, EMI, BMG, RCA), held benefit concert at Sydney Opera House for Aussies made homeless by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin (1974), Australian National Living Treasure 1997
20 Dec 1946 John Bertrand Australian yachtsman, skipper of Australia II winning America’s Cup (1983) breaking 132 American winning streak, chairman of Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2011) America’s Cup Hall of Fame (1993)
20 Dec 1955 Ed Kuepper German-Australian guitarist, singer, co-founded punk band The SaintsARIA Award 19931994
21 Dec 1974 Karrie Anne Webb Australian golfer, Australia’s most successful female professional golfer, 38 wins on the LPGA Tour, first LPGA player to win $1 million in a single season, World Golf Hall of Fame, torch runner 2000 Olympics Sydney
21 Dec 1971 Fenton Keogh Australian celebrity chef, signature dish Aussie Pav with Boozy Summer Fruits cooked on a BBQ
22 Dec 1949 -2003 Maurice Ernest Gibb Australian musician, member of the Bee Gees formed with his brothers, Songwriters Hall of Fame (1994), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997), avid paintball enthusiast with his team the Royal Rat Rangers, first wife was pop star Lulu (1969-73)
22 Dec 1949 Robin Hugh Gibb Australian musician, member of the Bee Gees formed with his brothers, Songwriters Hall of Fame (1994), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997), Robin is Maurice Gibb’s older twin by 35 minutes,
22 Dec 1958 Frank Gambale Australian jazz guitarist, member of jazz fusion band Vital Information since 1988 (Easier Done Than Said)
22 Dec 1983 Jennifer Hawkins Australian model, TV presenter, Miss Universe 2004, her “wardrobe malfunction” at the Westfield Miranda mall fashion show received world news exposure
23 Dec 1874 -1969 Marie Bjelke Petersen Australian novelist (Before an Eastern Court, Muffled Drums), Captive Singer was made into a film, her novels were translated into 6 languages including Arabic, King’s Jubilee Medal for literature (1935), nephew was Joh Bjelke-Petersen (QLD Premier)
24 Dec 1975 Natalie Ward Australian softball player, Olympics bronze medals (199620002008), Olympic silver medal (2004)
25 Dec 1893 -1973 Isabel Clifton Cookson Australian botanist specialising in palaeobotany and palynology researched Australia’s fossil plant life, plant genus Cooksonia (extinct group of primitive land plants) named in her honour by WH Lang (1937)
25 Dec 1984 Jessica Origliasso Australian singer, formed The Veronicas with twin sister Lisa (Hook Me Up)ARIA Award 2006, MTV Australia Award (2006, 2008), with her sister joined Steve IrwinWildlife Warriors Worldwide charity
25 Dec 1984 Lisa Origliasso Australian singer, formed The Veronicas with twin sister Jessica (Hook Me Up)ARIA Award 2006,  MTV Australia Award (2006, 2008), with her sister joined Steve Irwin Wildlife Warriors Worldwide charity
25 Dec 1972 -2006 Sophie Heathcote Australian actress (Country Practice, Reckless Kelly, Water Rats, Bordertown), AFI Award 2000
26 Dec 1883 -1965 Frank Debenham Australian geographer and geologist, on Terra Nova Expedition (1910-13) explored and mapped the western mountains of Victoria Land in Antarctica, prolific author (Kalahari Sand, Study of African Swamp, The World Is Round), Victoria Medal (1948)
26 Dec 1933 Ugly Dave Gray
Graham David Taylor
Australian TV personality, comedian (Young Doctors, Blankety Blanks, Celebrity Tattle Tales, All At Sea)
26 Dec 1939 Frederic Alan Schepisi Australian film director and screenwriter (Last Orders, Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation, Russia House, Iceman), AFI Award for Best Direction (1976, 1989)
27 Dec 1879 -1958 Robert Greig Australian-American actor (Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, Picture of Dorian Gray, Cockeyed Cavaliers), appearing in over 100 films (1930-1949) often cast as the dutiful butler
27 Dec 1944 Robert James Brown Australian doctor and politician, member Australian Greens Party, Senator for Tasmania, revealed he was homosexual to highlight discrimination (1976)
28 Dec 1957 Anne Sargeant Australian netballer, Australian national team (1978-88)Netball World Championships silver medal (1987) gold medals (1983, 1979), one of first inductees into Australian Netball Hall of Fame (2008)
28 Dec 1972 Patrick Michael Rafter Australian tennis player, International Tennis Hall of Fame (2006), career prize money over $11 million, first Aussie since John Newcombe to reach #1 world ranking, Australian of the Year (2002)
28 Dec 1973 Alex Dimitriades Greek-Australian actor (Heartbreak Kid, Underbelly, Head On, Ghost Ship, Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo, Wog Boy 2 King of Mykonos)
30 Dec 1913 -2002 Elyne Mitchell Australian author (Silver Brumby series, Light Horse to Damascus, Kingfisher Feathers, Speak to the Earth),movie Silver Brumby (1993) based on her book starred Russell Crowe, on display at National Museum of Australia (Canberra) is the 1939 Corona typewriter she used to write 9 of her books
30 Dec 1939 -2007 Glenda Adams Australian author (Games of the Strong, Dancing on Coral, Longleg, Tempest of Clemenza, Monkey Trap)1987 Miles Franklin Award, cousin of Australian Prime Minister John Howard
31 Dec 1882 -1935 Martin O’Meara Irish-Australian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (highest most prestigious award for gallantry in face of the enemy) for his heroic actions in WWI August 1916 in France, his Victoria Cross is displayed proudly at the Army Museum of WA in Fremantle
31 Dec 1885 -1974 Muriel Agnes Heagney Australian trade unionist, wrote Equal Pay for the Sexes(1948), devoted her adult life to equal pay for women, died week after Arbitration Commission granted women an adult minimum wage, sadly Muriel died in poverty
31 Dec 1945 Vernon Wells Australian actor (Mad Max 2 Road Warrior, Weird Science, Fortress, Last Man Standing, Shrimp on the Barbie, Commando, Innerspace)
31 Dec 1911 -1997 Dal Stivens Australian author (Jimmy Brockett, The Bushranger, Ironbark Bill, Courtship of Uncle Henry, A Horse of Air)Miles Franklin Award 1970
31 Dec 1976 Craig Reucassel Australian comedian, member of The Chaser (Triple J Bloody Sunday, Chaser’s War on Everything), TV host (Australian Balls of Steel)