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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.

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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 . . .
15 Jan 1842 -1909 Mary Helen MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross      MacKillop
Australian nun and teacher, she co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart whose emphasis is on education for the rural poor. The church officially recognized miracles attributed to her intercession, thus resulting her canonisation at the Vatican on 17 Oct 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. She is currently the only Australian recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint.
15 Jan 1913 -2005 Miriam Beatrice Hyde Australian composer (Valley of Rocks, Kelso Overture), concert pianist, poet (Bliss of Solitude) wrote almost 500 poems, author (Complete Accord)her 90th birthday was celebrated with concerts and broadcasts Australia wide
15 Jan 1987   Greg Inglis Australian rugby league footballer (Melbourne Storm, South Sydney Rabbitohs), 2008 Indigenous Team of the Century, Wally Lewis Medalist, Golden Boot Award, Clive Churchill Medalist
16 Jan 1889 -1952 Charles Halliley     Kellaway Australian medical researcher, advocate, regimental medical officer in Flanders 1917, awarded a Military Cross for fortitude under fire, formed a Royal Commission into Bundaberg Tragedy (12 children died following diphtheria immunisation) vindicating the programme, most notable for his experiments and programs in Australian snake venoms.
16 Jan 1918 -2007 Clem Jones Australian politician, longest serving Lord Mayor of Brisbane (1961-1975), Australian Labor Party, in 1960s led council to connect sewers to most of the city getting rid of outhouses and septic tanks, 1968 converted tramway routes to diesel bus, won bid for 1982 Commonwealth Games, after leaving office in 1975 appointed Chairman of Darwin Reconstruction Commission for the rebuilding of Darwin after its near destruction by Cyclone Tracy, in his will he left A$5 million to fund a campaign for the legalisation of euthanasia, other money for stem cell research and to prevent or cure macular degeneration
16 Jan 1937   Lorraine Daphne Bayly Australian actress (The Sullivans), presenter in children's TV show Play School (1966-1978), Member of the Order of Australia 2001, Logie 1978
16 Jan 1950   Brian Castro Australian author (Birds of Passage, Double-Wolf, Street to Street, After China, Bath Fugues)
16 Jan 1952 -2013 Bille Brown
William Gerard Brown
Australian playwright and actor (film - The Dish, The Beach, Oscar and Lucinda, At World's End, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Trader), (TV - Indiana Jones Chronicles, All Saints, Big Sky, Medivac, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Wild Boys, Heartbeat, Blackjack, The Kennedys), long time friend Geoffrey Rush delivered the eulogy at a public memorial service held after a private funeral
16 Jan 1972   Greg Page
Gregory John Page
Australian musician and actor, best known as the original lead vocalist and founding member of the children's band The Wiggles (yellow shirt Wiggles who did magic tricks), as a teenager sang with the Australian band The Cockroaches, studied Early Childhood Education at Macquarie University which inspired him to jointly create The Wiggles, owned 4th largest collection of Elvis memorabile in the world which Greg donated (est. value $1.5 million) to a new Elvis museum in Parks, NSW in 2008.
17 Jan 1877   -1969   May Gibbs
Cecilia May Gibbs
British-Australian children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie published in 1918, bequeathed the copyright from the designs of her bush characters and stories to Northcott Disability Services (formerly The NSW Society for Crippled Children) and Spastic Centre of NSW, balance of her estate left to the UN International Children's Emergency Fund.
17 Jan 1927 -2007 Norman James Kaye Australian actor (Turtle Beach, Oscar and Lucinda, Moulin Rouge, Lonely Hearts), 1983 AFI Award
17 Jan 1942   Ita Clare Buttrose Australian journalist and businesswoman, at only 23 women's editor of the Telegraph, founding editor of Australian magazine Cleo in 1972 featuring Jack Thompson as the first male nude centrefold, editor of Australian Women's Weekly (1975-8), left both Packers' publications for rival Rupert Murdoch's offer of Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph (1981-4), author (Guide to Australian Etiquette, Motherguilt, What is Love, How Much is Enough, A Passionate Life, Early Edition: My First Forty Years), Australian of the Year 2013
17 Jan 1954   Susan Mary Kiefel Australian lawyer and judge, 2007 became Justice of the High Court of Australia, in 1987 was first female Queens Counsel in Queensland
17 Jan 1973   Elizabeth "Liz" Ellis Australian netball player, Commonwealth Games - silver medal 2006, gold medals 1998, 2002, Netball World Championships - silver 2003, gold in 1995, 1999, 2007
17 Jan 1977   Leigh Whannell Australian screenwriter (Saw, Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Insidious), producer, actor (Neighbours, Matrix Reloaded, Blue Heelers, Saw, Insidious)
17 Jan 1983   Rick Kelly Australian race car driver, winner in Australian Drivers Championship 2001, Bathurst 1000 in 2003 and 2004, V8Supercar Championship Series 2006
18 Jan 1974   Michael Tunn Australian radio announcer (Triple J, Three D Radio) television presenter (ABC's The Afternoon Show)
18 Jan 1976   Damien Leo Leith Irish-Australian singer-songwriter (Night of My Life, Where We Land ), Australian Idol winner 2006, ARIA Award 2007, original composition Come to Me went Gold (35,000 copies sold) within 72 hours of its release and Platinum (70,000 copies shipped) in its first week, first Australian Idol winner to have 2 consecutive #1 albums.
18 Jan 1985   Dale Begg Smith Australian freestyle skier, Winter Olympics - gold 2006, silver 2010, youngest to win Olympic Gold in men's freestyle mogul skiing, FIS World Ski Championships - gold & silver 2007, bronze 2005
19 Jan 1849 -1920 Edmund Barton 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03) Australian Protectionist Party, resigned as Prime Minister to become a judge of Australia's High Court
19 Jan 1913 -1955 Rex Ingamells Australian poet (Camels, Days of Delight, Macquarie Harbour) and teacher, founder of the Jindyworobak movement which was a nationalistic Australian literary movement whose aim was to promote Indigenous Australian ideas and customs. The name comes from a Woiwurrung word meaning "to join" or "to annex".
19 Jan 1935 -1978 Johnny O'Keefe
John Michael O'Keefe
Australian singer (Wild One, Move Baby Move, It's Too Late), host & resident band (ABC's live Six O'Clock Rock), 1988 posthumously inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame, in his memory a 5 metre tall monument The Wild One dedicated at Twin Towns Services Club, Coolangatta/Tweed Heads in 2004
19 Jan 1944   Paul Keating 24th Prime Minister of Australia (1991-96) Australian Labor Party member, in his youth he managed the rock band The Ramrods, introduced national superannuation scheme, delivered in 1992 what is considered among the greatest speeches in Australian political history - the Redfern Speech on Aboriginal reconciliation, moved to introduce mandatory detention for asylum seekers
21 Jan 1801 -1839 John Batman Australian grazier, businessman and explorer, the foundling settlement of Melbourne, involved in slaughter of a Tasmanian Aborigine family group, first 19th century white to acknowledge that Aborigines owned land, only native-born Australian to have founded a state capital city (Melbourne)
21 Jan 1927 -1985 Clive Churchill Australian rugby league footballer, won five premierships with Sydney Rabbitohs player (1950, 51, 52, 54, 55) and three as coach, most capped Australian Kangaroos player, one of Australia's most successful coaches, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame 2002, Clive Churchill Medal named in his honour
21 Jan 1974   Rove McManus Australian stand up comedian, television host (Rove LA, Rove, RMIT's Loft Live, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?), radio host (Triple J), cameo voice of a crab in 2003 animated film Finding Nemo, won 16  Logie awards 2009, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02
22 Jan 1889 -1921 Harry George Hawker Australian aviation pioneer, one month after getting his pilot license at age 23 he won the Michelin Trophy for flight endurance with a flight lasting 8 hours 23 minutes, set a 1914 altitude record of 12,900 feet, chief test pilot for Sopwith, co-founded Hawker Aircraft, he died when his plane crashed while practicing for the Aerial Derby, Australian postage stamp issued in his honour in 1978
22 Jan 1896 -1977 Norman Gilroy Australian clergyman, at age 19 served in the Gallipoli campaign WWI in 1915 as junior wireless officer on board the Hessen (Bulla), first Australian-born Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (1946-1971), first Roman Catholic Cardinal to receive a knighthood since the Protestant Reformation (1969)  Australian of the Year 1970
22 Jan 1960 -1997 Michael Hutchence Michael Kelland John     Hutchence Australian musician (Max Q, INXS) and actor (Dogs in Space, Frankenstein Unbound, Limp), founding member and lead singer of rock band INXS (1977-1997), ARIA Awards 2001, 1994, 92, 89, 87
22 Jan 1971   Damian Walshe-Howling Australian actor (Underbelly, Blue Heelers, Wilfred, Neighbours, Secret Life of Us, Marshall Law, Stingers, All Saints, Terra Nova, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms), in film (Ned Kelly, Macbeth, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand), AFI Award 2008
22 Jan 1973   Abi Tucker
Abigail Anne Tucker
Australian singer (Dreamworld, One December Moon), actress (Heartbreak High, Secret Life of Us, McLeod's Daughters, Wog Boy)
23 Jan 1927 -1982 Fred Williams
Frederick Ronald Williams
Australian painter and printmaker, one of Australia's most important artists and major landscape painter, more than 70 solo exhibitions in Australian galleries, 1977 solo exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York, his 1965 painting Upwey Landscape sold at a 2006 Christies auction in Australia for $1,987,700, in 2007 another auction house broke their sales record with his 1965 Landscape with Water Ponds selling for $1,860,000
23 Jan 1974   Rebekah Elmaloglou Australian actress (Mad Max III, Mack the Knife, Limbo, Princess Kate, The Sum of Us, Neighbours, Home and Away), cousin of Judi Dench
24 Jan 1947   Jenny Kee
Jennifer Margaret Kee
Australian fashion designer, her boutique Flamingo Park (closed 1995) sold her pure Aussie wool knitted jumpers, Lady Di owned one of her knitted koala jumpers, Jenny and her daughter are survivors of the Granville rail disaster 18 January 1977
25 Jan 1873 -1958 Ethel Sybil Turner
Ethel Mary Burwell
Ethel Curlewis (married) pen name Dame Durden
Australian author (Seven Little Australians, Family at Misrule, Miss Bobbie, Little Larrikin, Three Little Maids, Little Mother Meg), started her writing career at 18, founded a journal for young people the Parthenon, wrote children's columns (Illustrated Sydney News, Town and Country Journal), wrote more than 40 novels about children who were adventurous and independent
25 Jan 1921 -1995 Russell Reading      Braddon Australian author (Piddingtons, Year of the Angry Rabbit, When the Enemy Is Tired, Funnelweb, End of Hate, Hundred Days of Darien, All the Queen's Men), in The Naked Island (published 1952 sold more than 1 million copies) he wrote about his four years as a Japanese prisoner of war (WWII) in Pudu and Changi prisons
25 Jan 1948   Ros Kelly
Roslyn Joan Raw Kelly
Australian politician, first Australian Federal MP to give birth while in office (1983), first female Labor minister from the House of Representatives
25 Jan 1954   Kay Cottee
Kay McLaren
Australian sailor, at age 34 was the first woman to sail alone non-stop around the world in her 11metre (37 foot) yacht Blackmores First Lady, took 189 days in 1988 and set 7 world records, first solo trip round Cape Horn by an Australian woman, fastest trip around the world by a woman, also helped raise over one million dollars for Life Education Centres, her yacht Blackmores First Lady was placed on permanent display at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian of the Year 1988
26 Jan 1984   Rebecca Ritters Australian actress (Neighbours, Pig's Breakfast, Blue Heelers, Coronation Street, All Saints)
27 Jan 1903 -1997 John Eccles Australian neurophysiologist, 1963 Nobel Prize in Medicine co-recipient for his work on the synapse, co-author The Self and It's Brain (1977), Australian of the Year 1963
27 Jan 1972   Nic Testoni
Nicolas John Testoni
Australian actor, 1996 Logie Award winning role of Travis Nash in Home and Away (1995-99), wrote film Mr Patterns
28 Jan 1948   Stephen Paul Hatton Australian politician, first politician in the Northern Territory to have a university degree, played an important role in the failed referendum for statehood, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (1986-1988), Member for Nightcliff (1983-2001), Country Liberal Party
29 Jan 1939   Germaine Greer Australian social activist, author (Female Eunich, The Whole Woman, Shakespeare's Wife), selectively choosing her facts about issues attracts considerable controversy
29 Jan 1943   Molly Meldrum
Ian Alexander Meldrum
Australian music critic, journalist, producer (Russell Morris The Real Thing, Ronnie Burns Smiley, Colleen Hewett Day by Day, Supernaut I Like It Both Ways, Ferrets Don't Fall in Love), TV show Countdown (1974-87) most successful and popular Australian music program, travelling widely overseas he became friends with many of the top pop and rock stars giving Countdown international exclusives, began his music career as a roadie for friend's band The Groop, wrote for weekly pop music newspaper Go-Set (1966-74), widely recognized for his trademark Stetson hat (not an Akubra) worn since the 1980s, given nickname "Molly" by friend & Melbourne radio DJ Stan Rofe, ARIA Award 1993, APRA Award 1984, Logie Award 2012
29 Jan 1953   Lynne McGranger  Australian actress, best known for her role since 1992 as Irene Roberts in Home and Away
29 Jan 1985   Isabel Lucas Australian actress (Home and Away, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Daybreakers, The Pacific, Immortals, Red Dawn)
29 Jan 1988   Stephanie Gilmore Australian professional surfer, ASP World Tour Champion (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
30 Jan 1931   Shirley Hazzard Australian author (Transit of Venus, Bay of Noon, Great Fire, Defeat of an Ideal, Countenance of Truth), Miles Franklin Award (2004), O. Henry Award (1977), National Book Award (2003)
30 Jan 1992   Matthew Werkmeister Australian actor, best known for his 6 years as Zeke Kinski in Neighbours
31 Jan 1911 -1980 Eric Henry Stoneley     Burhop Australian physicist, established Australia's first research programme into nuclear physics (1937), in 1944 went to USA to join Manhattan Project to develop atomic bomb, after WWII involved in large-scale international projects on atomic research, founder of British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (1969), Joliot-Curie Medal from World Peace Council (1966), Lenin Peace Prize (1972)
31 Jan 1950   Robert Grubb Australian actor (My Brillian Career, Gallipoli, Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation, Robbery Under Arms, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Flying Doctors)
31 Jan 1973   Portia de Rossi Australian-American actress (Sirens, Scream 2, Cursed, Too Something, Astoria, Alley McBeal, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, Nip/Tuck), married TV host Ellen DeGeneres (16 Aug 2008)

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