Famous Australians

Arachne | | Friday, October 30th, 2009

Most of these presentations may be downloaded directly from this site. Just click on download and voila! They may also be ordered via the Library Manager.

Short biographies.

If ordering resources are available in “sets” of 5.        Please nominate titles required.

•    Anderson, Dame Judith — award-winning Australian actress Download

•    Bates, Daisy — anthropologist and social worker Download

•    Bean, C.E – journalist and war correspondent now in Ppt with notes Download

  • Blackburn, Elizabeth  – microbiologist and Nobel Prize winner Download
  • Bligh, William – the true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty as told by Noel Rutherford Download

•    Boyd, Ben — controversial 19th century entrepreneur. (Available in Powerpoint) Download

•    Bronhill, June — opera singer — soprano Download

  • Dennis, C.J. Australian poet Download
  • Dunlop, Edward (“Weary”) — doctor, war hero and humanitarian Download

•    Franklin, Miles author of novel My Brilliant Career Download

•    Fraser, Dawn — Olympic swimmer Download

  • Fullwood, Albert Henry – Australian painter and illustrator Download

•    Garimara, Doris (“Ninji”) — indigenous writer: Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence (Available in Ppt) Download

•    Hollows, Dr Fred — eye surgeon and humanitarian Download

  • Lindsay, Norman – Legendary Artist – Highly ontroversial in his time. Download

•    Lyons, Joseph and Enid — husband and wife “political team”. Download

•    Macarthur, Elizabeth — pioneer of the sheep industry. (See also Australian History) Download

  • McCaughey, Sir Samuel  – pioneer, politician and philanthropist  Download
  • Macfarlane-Burnett, Sir Frank – a leader of the Australian scientific community. Download
  • Macquarie. Lachlan – Governor of NSW 1810 – 1821 (Available in Ppt) Download

•    Melba, Dame Nellie — legendary Australian opera soprano Download

  • •    Namitjira, Albert — indigenous artist Download

•    Phar Lap — iconic racehorse Download

•    Murdochs, The — builders of a media empire Download

•    Richardson, Henry Handel — author of The Fortunes of Richard Mahony Download

  • Truganini Tasmanian aborigine – one of the last of her tribe Download

•    Walker, Kath — indigenous poet Download

•    Wentworths,The — a colonial dynasty Powerpoint presentation.Download

•    Women who defied the law. – Caroline Chisholm and Bea Miles (Powerpoint presentation). Download

•    Wood, Dr Fiona — surgeon and medical researcher. Download

  • Wright, Judith –Australian poet, conservationist and campaigner for aboriginal rights.Download

Additional information

C.E. Bean and the ANZAC Legend (New download from the list above – 2014)

A short biography of C.E.W. Bean, the Australian journalist, war correspondent and historian who was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian War Memorial and the promotion of the ANZAC legend.

C.J. Dennis – Australian poet

 Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, (7 September 1876 – 22 June 1938) was an Australian poet best known for his humorous poems, especially “The Songs of the Sentimental Bloke”. He has been called “the Robert Burns of Australia.”

C.J. Dennis and “The Sentimental Bloke”  Download


Ben Boyd

Controversial 19th century entrepreneur who ran foul of a colonial “establishment’, especially in the form of  aristocratic John Macarthur, who saw Boyd as a lower middle-class upstart threatening to out-achieve and outshine him.  For over 160 years Boyd has been regarded as what we would call a corporate crook and air-brushed from history. However, prominent Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey has re-instated him, describing him as a buccaneer. Download from the list above.

Elizabeth Macarthur – (Available in Powerpoint)

Australia is recognised as producing the world’s highest quality woolen fibre – Australian merino wool. All of this has been achieved in just over 200 years and began with the hard work of John and Elizabeth Macarthur. However, while history books refer to John as “the father of the Australian wool industry”.there are some who would say that the credit should go to Elizabeth.

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