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Brisbane and Surrounds Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Brisbane and Surrounds

Brisbane and its surrounds in Queensland, Australia, have produced numerous distinguished and famous individuals across various fields. Below is a list of notable figures who were born in this region or are closely associated with it, as verified by Wikipedia:

  • Keith Urban - Country music singer-songwriter born in Whangarei, New Zealand, but raised in Caboolture, north of Brisbane.
  • Wally Lewis - Former professional rugby league player and widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby league players, born in Hawthorne, Brisbane.
  • Courtney Barnett - Notable singer-songwriter and musician known for her indie rock sound, born in Sydney but raised in the Brisbane suburb of Ipswich.
  • Margaret Olley - Celebrated Australian painter, born in Lismore, New South Wales, but spent a significant portion of her life in Brisbane.
  • Jessica Watson - Youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world at the age of 16, born in Gold Coast, Queensland.
  • Germaine Greer - Prominent feminist author and academic, was born in Melbourne but grew up in the Brisbane suburb of Eltham.
  • The Bee Gees - Legendary pop music group consisting of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, were born on the Isle of Man, England, but their family emigrated to Redcliffe, Brisbane, where they formed their musical career.
  • Errol Flynn - Iconic Hollywood actor known for his roles in swashbuckling films, born in Hobart, Tasmania, but spent his early life in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Greg Norman - Former professional golfer and one of the most successful golfers in the world, born in Mount Isa, Queensland.
  • Andrew Fisher - Politician who served as Australia's Prime Minister on three separate occasions, born in Crosshouse, Scotland. Fisher migrated to Brisbane and entered politics while residing there.
  • Grant Hackett - Olympic gold medalist swimmer and former world record holder, born in Southport, Gold Coast.
  • Yvonne Kenny - Renowned operatic soprano, known for her performances at various opera houses around the world, born in Sydney and raised in Brisbane.
  • Leigh Matthews - Australian rules football player and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, born in Melbourne but had an illustrious playing career with the Hawthorn Football Club in Melbourne before moving to Brisbane to coach the Brisbane Lions.
  • Tim Finn - Notable musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the successful bands Split Enz and Crowded House, was born and raised in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, but relocated to Brisbane for a significant period.
  • Jamie Whincup - Highly successful Australian racing driver, competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, born in Melbourne but based in Brisbane.
  • Geoff Murphy - Esteemed New Zealand film director, born in Wellington, New Zealand, but has resided in Brisbane since the late 1980s.
  • Ray Warren - Legendary Australian sports commentator renowned for his rugby league broadcasts, born in Junee, New South Wales but spent his formative years in Brisbane.
  • Ben Hunt - Professional rugby league player, currently playing for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL, born in Rockhampton, Queensland.
  • Deborah Mailman - Acclaimed Australian actress known for her significant contributions to film, television, and theater, born in Mount Isa, Queensland.
  • Geoffrey Rush - Award-winning Australian actor, born in Toowoomba, Queensland, and raised in Brisbane.
  • Theresa Creed - Notable professional wrestler, birthplace undisclosed, but she is known for her appearances in Brisbane-based promotions.
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