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Famous Australian October Birthdays

OCTOBER 1 to 15     OCTOBER 16 to 31

Were you or someone you know born in October? You'll find below some notable Australian politicians, actors, musicians, athletes and even Bathurst 1000 winners that have October 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 October A little bit about them . . .
01 Oct 1910 -1998 José Enrique Moyal Australian mathematical physicist, helped establish the phase space formulation of quantum mechanics in 1949, professor of mathematics at Macquarie Uni
01 Oct 1930 -2009 Frank Gardner Australian race car driver, 1st in British Touring Car Championship (' 66, ' 67,' 73), 2nd in 1975 Bathurst
01 Oct 1961   Gary Ablett, Sr. Australian rules footballer, AFL 2005 Hall of Fame, named to the AFL Team of the Century, 1993 Leigh Matthews Trophy, Coleman Medal (' 93,' 94, ' 95)
01 Oct 1965   Chris Reason Australian journalist (The Sun, Seven News), married to Kathryn Robinson (Ten News presenter)
01 Oct 1988   Cariba Heine Australian actress (Blue Water High)
02 Oct 1932   Lorrae Desmond Beryl Hunt Australian singer, character actress (Number 96, A Country Practice), in 1962 became the first woman to win a Gold Logie, also won 1984 Logie
04 Oct 1876 -1958 Hugh McCrae Australian writer (The Ship of Heaven, Idyllia)
04 Oct 1914 -2003 Jim Cairns Australian police detective (1933-44) and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia (1974-75), in 1970 led estimated 100,000 people in a peaceful sit-down demonstration in Melbourne – the largest Australian protest against the Viet Nam War
04 Oct 1943   Owen Davidson Australian tennis player, winner 1965 & 1967 Australian Championships, partnered with legend Billie Jean King they won 8 grand slam mixed double titles – ' 67 French, ' 67 US Championships, Wimbledon (' 67, ' 71, ' 73,'  74), US Open (' 71, ' 73)
05 Oct 1927 -1999 Anne Haddy Australian actress (Neighbours, Play School, Dynasty, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, They're a Weird Mob), married to actor James Condon
05 Oct 1967   Guy Pearce English-Australian actor (The Time Machine, The Kings Speech, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Neighbours, Snowy River McGregor Saga), won an Emmy in 2011 for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for Mildred Pierce
06 Oct 1930   Richie Benaud Australian cricketer and commentator, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2007, ICC Cricket Hall of Fame 2009, 1963 became the first player to complete the Test double of 200 wickets and 2,000 runs
07 Oct 1919   Zelman Cowen 19th Governor-General of Australia, Rhodes Scholar, Dean of Law Faculty at University of Melbourne (1951-66), regarded as a leading constitutional lawyer, his son is Rabbi Dr. Shimon Cowen
07 Oct 1935   Thomas Keneally Australian writer, best known for Schindler's Ark later to become the Academy Award winning movie Schindler's List, named an Australian National Living Treasure, Miles Franklin Award (1967, 1968)
07 Oct 1939   Clive James
Vivian James
Australian TV critic (The Observer), radio broadcaster (BBC: A Point of View) and writer (Brilliant Creatures, Unreliable Memoirs, From Land of Shadows), elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010
07 Oct 1961   Brian Mannix Australian singer (Uncanny X-Men – Everybody Wants to Work) and actor (Neighbours)
07 Oct 1975   Tim Minchin Australian actor (Two Fists One Heart), comedian and musician (White Wine in the Sun, Ready for This?)
08 Oct 1901 -2000 Mark Oliphant Australian physicist and humanitarian, co-discovery of deuteron, triton, helium-3, played a fundamental role in the development of the atomic bomb, Governor of South Australia (1971-1976), nephew is Pat Oliphant (Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist)
08 Oct 1918 -2005 Ron Randell Australian actor (The Longest Day, A Son Is Born, Kiss Me Kate, King of Kings, World of Suzie Wong)
08 Oct 1939   Paul Hogan Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee film series, Anzacs,  Lightning Jack, Charlie and Boots, Paul Hogan Show), Australian of the Year 1985
08 Oct 1961   Simon Burke Australian actor (The Alice, Young Lions, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Brides of Christ, Flying Doctors, A Country Practice, The Sullivans), began career age 13 in Australian film The Devil's Playground
09 Oct 1908 -1961 Harry Hooton Australian poet, social commentator (Things You See When You Haven't Got a Gun, The Politics of Things)
09 Oct 1934   Jill Ker Conway Australian-American author (Road from Coorain, Merchants and Merinos), first woman president of Smith College (largest women's college in USA)
09 Oct 1972   Sarah Vandenbergh Australian actress (Neighbours, Hollyoaks)
10 Oct 1870 -1935 Louise Mack
Marie Louise Mack
Australian writer (The World is Round, An Australian Girl in London, A Woman's Experiences in the Great War), journalist, first female war correspondent – pioneer in first person war reporting such as German invasion of Antwerp Belgium in October 1914
10 Oct 1991   Gabriella Cilmi Australian singer (Sanctuary, Save the Lies, Sweet About Me), received 6 ARIA Awards in 2008
11 Oct 1947   Paul John Kelly Australian political journalist (The Australian), historian, author (100 Years: The Australian Story, The Unmaking of Gough,  Hawke Ascendancy, Howard's Decade), Walkley Award 2001, his book The Dismissal was the basis of the Network Ten miniseries (1983), author and presenter on the ABC TV of the documentary series 100 Years – The Australia Story (2001)
11 Oct 1972   Claudia Black Australian actress (Farscape, Stargate SG-1, Dragon Age Origins), film voice (Rango, Stolen Life), game voice (Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, Gears of War) Constellation Awards 2006 & 2008
11 Oct 1963   Marcus Graham Australian actor (Underbelly, E Street, Blue Heelers, All Saints, Secret Life of Us, Stupid Stupid Man)
12 Oct 1968   Hugh Jackman Australian actor (X-Men series, Australia, Man from Snowy River), voice film (Happy Feet, Flushed Away), singer (Boy from Oz), Tony Award 2004, Emmy Award 2005, philanthropist (proponent of microcredit – small loans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries)
13 Oct 1878 -1952 Patrick J Hartigan pseudonym John O'Brien Australian Roman Catholic priest, writer (Old Bush School, Said Hanrahan, Tangmalangmaloo), John O'Brien Festival is held every March in Narrandera
14 Oct 1965   Constantine Koukias Greek-Australian flautist and composer for chamber, opera, choral, orchestral and music theatre (Prayer Bells, Incantation II, Days and Nights with Christ)
15 Oct 1946   Katy Manning English-Australian actress (Doctor Who, Private Wives)
15 Oct 1940   Peter Charles Doherty Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher, named an Australian National Living Treasure, Australian of the Year 1997, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1996 for discovery how immune system recognises virus-infected cells, first person with veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize

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