Posted By John
Famous Australian January Birthdays

JANUARY 1 TO 15     JANUARY 16 TO 31

WERE YOU or someone you know born in January? You’ll find below some notable Australian politicians, footballers, actors, musicians, and athletes that have January 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 January A little bit about them . . .
01 Jan 1938 Caroline Mary James Australian television and radio journalist (Australian Story, Four Corners, Search for Meaning), first female reporter for This Day TonightLogie Award 1973, Order of Australia (OA) 1988, Australian Living Treasure 1997, Ambassador for Reconciliation in 1998
01 Jan 1942 Judy Stone Australian pop singer (Tears from Now, Born a Woman, Mare Mare Mare, Hasta Manana, Silver Wings and Golden Rings), regular TV appearances on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand, the Bee Gees sung backup on her 1963 single It Takes a Lot (to Make Me Cry)
01 Jan 1945 Peter Duncan Australian politician, South Australia (1984-96), served in both state and national parliament and as a minister in both, member Australian Labor Party
01 Jan 1969 Nicolle Dickson Australian actress (Home and Away, Australian Celebrity Survivor 2006)Logie Award 1989
01 Jan 1979 Brody Dalle
Bree Joanna Robinson
Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist, lead singer of punk rock bands The Distillers and Spinnerette
01 Jan 1984 Michael Witt Australian footballer (NRL, Rugby Union, Super League), male centrefold Cleo magazine Nov 2006, featured in the 2009 Gods of Football calendar for the McGrath Foundation charity fund raiser, and appeared in the 2006 calendar League of Their Own to raise money for the Koori Kids foundation
02 Jan 1896 -1982 Lawrence Wackett Australian aircraft pioneer and engineer, regarded as “father of the Australian aircraft industry”, known for his mechanical inventions he modified plane armament to help save lives during WWI, designed the first flying boat wholly designed and constructed in Australia (1925), Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Cross
02 Jan 1933 -2006 Ed Casey Australian politician, leader of Australian Labor Party in Queensland (1978-82), member for Mackay (1969-95)
02 Jan 1952 -2001 Shirley StrachanGraeme Strachan Australian rock singer (Every Little Bit Hurts, Tracks of My Tears, Nothing But the Best), lead singer of Australian rock group Skyhooks, nicknamed “Shirley” by his surfer friends for his long, very curly Shirley Temple style hair, hosted children’s TV series Shirl’s Neighbourhood, died while piloting a helicopter
02 Jan 1975 Chris Cheney Australian rock musician, record producer, studio owner, lead vocalist of the band The Living End (All Torn Down, Second Solution, Pictures in the Mirror), APRA Award for 2009 Song of the Year White Noise
03 Jan 1870 -1946 Henry Handel   Richardson
Ethel Richardson
Australia author, novelist (The Coat, The Getting of Wisdom, Fortunes of Richard Mahony), her home Lake View House at Chiltern Victoria is owned by the National Trust and open to the public
03 Jan 1956 Mel Gibson
Mel Colm-cille Gerard    Gibson
Irish-American-Australian actor (Mad Max, Gallipoli, Tim, Year of Living Dangerously, Braveheart, Pocahontas, Mrs Soffel, Tequila Sunrise, Lethal Weapon, Bird on a Wire, Air America, Hamlet, Forever Young,  Maverick, Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, The Bounty, Payback,  The Patriot, What Women Want, We Were Soldiers, Signs, Edge of Darkness), 1995 Oscar (Braveheart– best Picture, Best Director), AFI Award (Australian Film Institute) for Best Actor (Tim in 1979, Gallipoli in 1981)
03 Jan 1923 -2009 Charles ‘Bud’    Tingwell Australian film, TV and radio actor, appearing in over 100 films (Smithy, Desert Rats, King of the Coral Sea, Miss Marple series, Homicide, Breaker Morant, Puberty Blues, The Castle, The Dish, Changi), Member Order of Australia 1999, Logie Hall of Fame 1994
03 Jan 1944 Blanche d’Alpuget Australian biographer (Hawke The Prime Minister), novelist (Turtle Beach was made into a feature film in 1989), 2nd wife of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke
04 Jan 1931 William Deane Australian judge and 22nd Governor-General of Australia(1996-2001), Deane was in the majority of the court  who recognised native title in the 1992 landmark Mabo case, Sydney Peace Prize 2001, knighted in 1982
05 Jan 1903 -1957 Harold Charles Gatty Australian inventor, aviator, navigator, in 1931 as navigator with pilot Wiley Post set the record for aerial circumnavigation of the world flying 24,903 km (15,747 mi) in 8 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes, prepared navigation charts for Lindburgh’s 1930 record-setting cross-country flight, Gatty is credited with inventing an air sextant (artificial horizon), an aerochronometer, and Gatty drift sight (ground speed indicator), received the Distinguished Flying Cross from US President Hoover in 1932, offered US citizenship but turned it down
05 Jan 1834 -1861 William John Wills English-Australian surveyor, explorer, worked as a digger in the gold fields, as a shepherd at the Ram Station, member of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition which was the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, Burke and Wills both died before completing the expedition
05 Jan 1940 Athol Guy Australian singer, member of Australian group The Seekers, Liberal member for Gisborne in Victorian Legislative Assembly (1971-79)
06 Jan 1857 -1931 Hugh Mahon Irish-Australian journalist and politician, attacked British policy towards Ireland at an open-air meeting in 1920 in Melbourne, this resulted in House of Representatives passing a resolution that Mahon had made “seditious and disloyal utterances at a public meeting” and expelled him from the Federal Parliament – in 1987 the Parliamentary Privileges Act was passed preventing the Parliament from ever expelling a member again
06 Jan 1907 -1993 David Fleay Australian naturalist, pioneered the captive breeding of endangered species, first captive breeding of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) (1943), as well as many others, 2 animals bear his name: Fleay’s Barred Frog (Mixophyes fleayi) and Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquala audax fleayii)
06 Jan 1939 -2012 Murray Rose Australian swimmer, actor (Ride the Wild Surf, Ice Station Zebra), sports commentator, Rose set records in the 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre men’s freestyle swimming, Olympic medallist at 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics (3 gold) and 1960 Rome Summer Olympics (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
07 Jan 1895 -1974 Wilmot Hudson Fysh Australian aviator, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his services to aerial warfare, arrived in Gallipoli 2 weeks after initial Anzacs arrived in 1915,  in Australia in 1919 driving a Model T Ford his party was the first to travel across the Gulf of Carpentaria with a car taking 51 days to go from Longreach to Katherine, on 16 November 1920 at the Brisbane’s Gresham Hotel Fysh with 4 others started Australian airline Qantas (Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services) with an initial capital of £A6,700 (£5,360 sterlings), Fysh was knighted in 1953
07 Jan 1936 Ben Cropp Australian documentary film-maker (150 wildlife documentaries), conservationist (former shark hunter)
08 Jan 1885 -1945 John Curtin 14th Prime Minister of Australia (1941-45) Australian Labor Party, US General Douglas MacArthur said of Curtin that “the preservation of Australia from invasion will be his immemorial monument”, 6 weeks before Darwin was bombed by Japan (1942) the Melbourne Herald publishedCurtin’s New Year’s message which changed Australia’s relationship with the UK and partnership with the USA in the war effort making for the first time Australia’s survival our number one priority
08 Jan 1959 -2005 Paul Hester Australian musician, drummer for the bands Split Enz,Crowded House, and Largest Living Things, TV personality (Hessie’s Shed), played “Paul the Cook” on the Aussie kids TV show The Wiggles
08 Jan 1970 Rachel Friend Australian actress (Neighbours, Frog Dreaming) journalist, (The Midday Show, Today Show, Sky News), Logie Award 1990
08 Jan 1967 Steve Jacobs Australian television presenter, actor (All Together Now, Just Kidding, In Melbourne Tonight, Today)
09 Jan 1935 Brian Harradine Australian politician, expelled from the ALP (Australian Labor Party) he later became a Senator for Tasmania as an independent, Harradine is the longest-serving independent federal politician in Australian history (1975-2005)
09 Jan 1943 Robert Drewe Australian author (Savage Crows, Our Sunshine, Grace, The Shark Net)Our Sunshine was made into the retitled film Ned Kelly starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Naomi Watts
09 Jan 1953 Morris Gleitzman British-Australian children’s author of over 30 books (Two Weeks with the Queen, Misery Guts, Puppy Fat, Toad Rage, Boy Overboard, Blabber Mouth, Belly Flop)
09 Jan 1956 -2010 Adriana Xenides Australian TV personality, listed in Guinness Book of Records as the longest running game show host in Australia (18 years on Wheel of Fortune), she also appeared on Beauty and the Beast and Celebrity Big Brother Australia 2002, Vanna White holds game show host record in US with over 25 years
10 Jan 1893 -1932 Albert Jacka Australian soldier (1914-1920), first Australian World War I Imperial Victoria Cross recipient (highest decoration for gallantry “in the face of the enemy”), the VC was presented to him by King George V at Windsor Castle, received for his actions during the Gallipoli Campaign, Jacka’s Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, mayor of St. Kilda (1929-1931), suburb of Jacka in Canberra is named in his honour
10 Jan 1936 -1997 Burnum Burnum
Harry Penrith
Australian Aboriginal activist, actor (Dark Age, Ground Zero, Marsupials The Howling III), as a University of Tasmania student in the 60s he led a successful movement to reclaim remains of Truganini (last full blood Palawa she died in 1876) from the Tasmanian Museum for later cremation, he was strongly committed to the welfare of Aboriginal Australians, Jannali Reserve renamed Burnum Burnum Reserve in his honour (2005)
11 Jan 1843 -1902 Charles Yelverton O’Connor Irish-Australian engineer, responsible for construction of Fremantle Harbour and the Goldfields Pipeline carrying water 530 km (330 miles) from Perth to Kalgoorlie, the constant unfounded accusations by the press and public so depressed O’Connor that he took his own life, CY O’Connor College of TAFE in WA was named in his honour
11 Jan 1911 -2003 Nora Heysen Australian artist, first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize (1938) with her portrait of Madame Elink Schuuman (wife of Consul-General for the Netherlands), first Australian woman appointed as an official war artist completing over 170 works of art depicting women working during the war, some of the places her artwork can be seen is at the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Library of Australia
11 Jan 1930 Rod Taylor
Rodney Sturt Taylor
Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds, Long John Silver, Top Gun, World Without End, Giant, Raintree County, Do Not Disturb, A Gathering of Eagles, Glass Bottom Boat, Hotel), the voice of Pongo in One Hundred and One Dalmatians
11 Jan 1931 Betty ChurcherElizabeth Ann Cameron Australian artist and educator, director of the National Gallery of Australia (1990-97), art critic for The Australiannewspaper, Dean of School of Art and Design RMIT University (1982-90), hosted several TV programs on art, author (Art of War), Betty’s son Peter Churcher was Australia’s official war artist in the War on Terrorism in 2002
11 Jan 1949 Daryl Braithwaite Australian singer, lead vocalist of Sherbet (Can You Feel It Baby), solo artist (You’re My World, Old Sid, The Horses)
11 Jan 1978 Holly Brisley Australian actress (Home and Away, Garage Days, The Crop, Scooby-Doo, Mermaids), TV personality (Agro’s Cartoon Connection, Big Brother The Insider, The Wright Stuff), 3rd place finish on Dancing with the Stars (2005)
12 Jan 1938 Lewis Fiander Australian actor (Dr Phibes Rises Again, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Not Now Comrade, Pride and Prejudice)
13 Jan 1893 -1963 Roy Cazaly Australian rules footballer, famous for his high marks and ruck work which caused fans to yell “Up there Cazaly“, phrase was used as a battle cry by Australian forces during WWII
13 Jan 1911 -2005 Joh Bejlke-PetersenJohannes Bjelke-Petersen Australian politician, longest-serving Premier of Queensland (1968-87), one of the best known and most controversial political figures in Australia, his abolishing state inheritance taxes led to retired people moving to Queensland which caused other states to eventually abolishing it too, in the High Court case Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen (1976-88) the courts found his policy discriminated against Aboriginal people when he blocked a proposed sale of pastoral property to them
13 Jan 1955 Paul Maurice Kelly Australian singer, songwriter, musician, bands (Dots, Coloured Girls, Messengers, Stormwater Boys), 2001 AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award, APRA Awards (1991, ’99, ’02), Kelly’s biography is How to Make Gravy, ARIA Hall of Fame 1997, and  8 ARIA Awards (1988, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006)
13 Jan 1967 Annie Jones
Annika Jancso
Australian actress (Neighbours, Jackaroo, Snowy, Underbelly Files ), Logie Awards (19911989)
14 Jan 1870 -1952 George Foster Pearce Australian politician, Western Australian Senator (1901-1938), at the time of his death was last surviving member of the Senate of the first Australian Parliament, Minister of Defence (1908-21, 1932-34), RAAF Base Pearce is named after him
14 Jan 1856 -1919 J.F. Archibald
Jules Francois
John Feltham Archibald
Australian journalist and publisher, was co-owner and editor of The Bulletin, founder of Australia’s most prestigious art award the Archibald Prize, at his death he bequest funds for Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park and funds for Archibald Prize
14 Jan 1931 -2009 Frank CostiganFrancis Xavier Costigan Australian barrister, most famous for chairing the Costigan Royal Commission investigating union criminality allegations of tax evasion and organized crime, was brother Peter Costigan (former Lord Mayor of Melbourne)
14 Jan 1949 -2002 Paul Chubb
Paul Dunford
Australian actor (Rafferty’s Rules, Dirty Deeds, Hoodwink, Bodyline, Brass Monkeys, Water Rats, The Farm, Bullseye)

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