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Canberra Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Canberra

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is a region that has produced many distinguished individuals who have left their mark on various fields such as politics, sports, arts, and business. Here are some of the most well-known people from Canberra:

1. Julia Gillard - Julia Gillard served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, from 2010 to 2013. Born in Barry, Wales, Gillard migrated with her family to Adelaide when she was just four years old. However, she spent most of her youth in the suburb of Altona Meadows in Melbourne. After completing her education, Gillard moved to Canberra where she got involved in politics. She became the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in 2006 and went on to become Australia's first female Prime Minister.

2. Greg Chappell - Greg Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played for his country between 1970 and 1984. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but his family moved to Canberra when he was a child. Chappell is regarded as one of the best batsmen to have played for Australia, with a Test batting average of 53.86. After his retirement, Chappell coached the Indian cricket team and was also the Director of the National Cricket Academy in India.

3. Genevieve O'Reilly - Genevieve O'Reilly is an Australian actress who has appeared in films such as 'The Matrix Reloaded', 'The Matrix Revolutions', and 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'. She was born in Dublin, Ireland but moved to Australia when she was a child. O'Reilly grew up in Canberra where she attended the Canberra Girls Grammar School. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to the UK and then to Hollywood.

4. Jayson Brunsdon - Jayson Brunsdon is an Australian fashion designer who has dressed celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Dannii Minogue, and Princess Mary of Denmark. Brunsdon was born in Canberra and studied fashion design at the Canberra Institute of Technology. He started his own fashion label in Sydney in the mid-1990s and has since become one of Australia's most successful designers.

5. Ian Potter - Ian Potter was a prominent Australian philanthropist who was born and raised in Canberra. He made his fortune in the stock market and real estate before dedicating his life to philanthropy. Potter established the Ian Potter Foundation in 1964 which has since donated millions of dollars to various causes such as medical research, the arts, and the environment. Potter is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest philanthropists.

6. Sarah Snook - Sarah Snook is an Australian actress who has appeared in films such as 'The Dressmaker', 'Steve Jobs', and 'Predestination'. Snook was born and raised in Adelaide but moved to Canberra when she was a teenager. She attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney before making her acting debut in the AFI-winning film, 'Sleeping Beauty'.

7. Michael Milton - Michael Milton is a former Australian Paralympic skier who won six gold medals at the Winter Paralympic Games between 1992 and 2006. He was born in Canberra and began skiing at the age of three. Milton was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg at the age of nine and had his leg amputated. However, this did not stop him from pursuing his passion for skiing and he went on to become one of Australia's most successful Paralympians.

8. Louis Li - Louis Li is a young entrepreneur who founded the app, FoodNoms, which helps people track their food intake and manage their diets. Li was born in Beijing but grew up in Canberra where he attended the Canberra Grammar School. He began coding at the age of thirteen and went on to study computer science at Stanford University in the USA. Li has been named on the Forbes '30 Under 30' list for his work in technology and entrepreneurship.

9. Rachel Perkins - Rachel Perkins is an Australian film director and producer who has made several award-winning films and television programs. Perkins was born in Canberra and grew up in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She is of Aboriginal and Irish descent and her work often explores Indigenous themes and issues. Perkins has won numerous awards for her films, including the AACTA Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for 'Black Panther Woman'.

10. Simon Corbell - Simon Corbell is an Australian politician who served as the Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory from 2006 to 2016. Corbell was born in Canberra and attended the Australian National University where he studied law. He went on to become a barrister before entering politics. Corbell was a strong advocate for progressive policies such as same-sex marriage, climate change action, and drug law reform.

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