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Australian National Living Treasure

The Title of National Living Treasure is given to a person when they accomplish an outstanding achievement, swelling the country's consciousness with admiration, pride and acknowledgement.

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The first List was created in 1997 by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Over the years the list has changed as people pass away and new ones are added. In 2012 the 7 openings that became available because of the passing of previously listed Australians were finally filled.

Why does the list only have 85? After the selection of new names, 15 of those listed passed away leaving us with 85. See Australian National Living Treasures - Deceased, formerly on the list

The following list is in alphabetical order

  Name A little bit about them . . .
Current National Living Treasures
1. Phillip Adams Australian humanist, social commentator
2. Marie Bashir Governor of New South Wales, professor
3. John Bell Australian actor
4. Geoffrey Blainey Australian professor, historian
5. Raelene Boyle Australian Olympic runner, sports commentator
6. Father Frank Brennan Australian social commentator
7. Bob Brown Australian politician, Australian Greens activist
8. Julian Burnside Australian barrister, refugee rights advocate, author
9. Don Burrows Australian musician
10. Reverend Tim Costello Australian social activist, commentator
11. Reverend Bill Crews Australian social activist
12. Russell Crowe Australian actor
13. Betty Cuthbert Australian Olympic runner
14. Judy Davis Australian actress
15. William Deane Australian High Court judge and Governor-General of Australia
16. Ernie Dingo Indigenous Australian television personality
17. Mick Dodson Indigenous Australian leader
18. Pat Dodson Indigenous Australian activist/leader
19. Peter Doherty Australian immunologist, professor, Nobel Prize winner
20. Ted Egan Australian musician, activist, administrator
21. Herb Elliott Australian Olympic runner
22. John Farnham Australian entertainer
23. Dawn Fraser Australian Olympic swimmer, former politician
24. Ian Frazer Australian scientist, creator of cervical cancer vaccine
25. Cathy Freeman Indigenous Australian sportsperson, Olympic runner
26. Margaret Fulton Australian writer, food expert
27. Peter Garrett Australian politician, singer and social activist
28. Jennie George ACTU trade union leader, politician
29. Evonne Goolagong Cawley Indigenous Australian tennis player
30. Shane Gould Australian Olympic swimmer
31. Germaine Greer Australian writer, social activist
32. Catherine Hamlin Australian physician
33. John Hatton Australian independent NSW politician
34. Basil Hetzel Australian medical researcher, public health advocate
35. Rt Revd Peter Hollingworth Governor-General of Australia
36. Gabi Hollows Australian social activist, philanthropist
37. Janet Holmes Court Australian business leader, philanthropist
38. John Howard Prime Minister of Australia
39. Barry Humphries Australian entertainer
40. Barry Jones Australian politician, author
41. Caroline Jones Australian television personality, social commentator
42. Paul Keating Prime Minister of Australia
43. Thomas Keneally Australian writer
44. Cheryl Kernot Australian politician
45. Nicole Kidman Australian actress
46. Ian Kiernan Australian businessman, social activist
47. Justice Michael Kirby Australian lawyer, judge, social commentator
48. Karl Kruszelnicki Australian scientist, author, media personality
49. John Landy Australian Olympic athlete, Governor of Victoria
50. Rod Laver Australian tennis player, businessman
51. Michael Leunig Australian cartoonist, social commentator
52. Ted Mack Australian politician, social commentator
53. David Malouf Australian novelist
54. Garry McDonald Australian actor
55. Walter Mikac Australian survivors' advocate
56. Kylie Minogue Australian singer, actress
57. Jack Mundey Australian trade union leader
58. Graeme Murphy Australian dancer, choreographer
59. Les A Murray Australian poet
60. John Newcombe Australian tennis player, television commentator
61. Olivia Newton-John Australian singer, actress
62. Greg Norman Australian golfer, businessman
63. Sir Gustav Nossal Australian scientist, administrator
64. Lowitja O'Donoghue Indigenous Australian leader
65. Pat O'Shane Indigenous Australian leader, magistrate
66. Clive Palmer Australian mining magnate
67. Mary Paton Australian founder of the Nursing Mothers' Association
68. Noel Pearson Indigenous Australian leader
69. Kieren Perkins Australian Olympic swimmer, television commentator
70. Pat Rafter Australian tennis player
71. Henry Reynolds Australian historian
72. Ken Rosewall Australian tennis player
73. Dick Smith Australian businessman, social commentator
74. Fiona Stanley Australian physician
75. Richard Tognetti Australian violinist and conductor
76. Anthony Warlow Australian singer
77. Gai Waterhouse Australian racehorse trainer
78. Steve Waugh Australian cricketer
79. Robyn Williams Australian science broadcaster
80. David Williamson Australian playwright
81. Tim Winton Australian novelist
82. Fiona Wood Australian physician
83. Roger Woodward Australian pianist
84. John Yu Australian medical doctor
85. Galarrwuy Yunupingu Indigenous Australian leader

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