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South Coast Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from South Coast

1. Arthur Boyd (1920-1999)

Arthur Boyd was a prominent Australian painter and member of the renowned Boyd artistic family. He was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria but spent a considerable part of his life on the South Coast of New South Wales. Boyd's distinct artistic style and contributions to the Australian art scene made him one of the most celebrated painters in the country.

2. Ken Done (born 1940)

Ken Done is an Australian artist known for his vibrant and colorful paintings. He was born in Sydney but later settled in the South Coast of New South Wales. Done's artwork has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, and his iconic style has become synonymous with Australian popular culture.

3. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (born 1951)

Evonne Goolagong Cawley is an Australian former professional tennis player who was born in Griffith, New South Wales. She grew up and honed her tennis skills in the South Coast region. Goolagong Cawley achieved significant success throughout her career, winning 14 Grand Slam titles, including seven singles titles.

4. Judy Davis (born 1955)

Judy Davis is an acclaimed Australian actress and theater director who was born in Perth, Western Australia. Although not directly from the South Coast, Davis spent her early childhood in the town of East St Kilda and has strong family ties to the South Coast region, particularly in the town of Kiama. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her versatile performances in both film and television.

5. John Dunmore Lang (1799-1878)

John Dunmore Lang was a Scottish-born Australian clergyman, writer, and politician. While not born in New South Wales, Lang became a significant figure in the region's history. He was an influential advocate for immigration, education, and the development of infrastructure. Lang's efforts played a crucial role in the establishment of towns, schools, and churches along the South Coast.

6. Tanya Plibersek (born 1969)

Tanya Plibersek is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives since 1998. She was born in Sydney but has strong connections to the South Coast region, specifically in the city of Wollongong. Plibersek has held several significant ministerial positions in the Australian government, including the Minister for Health and the Minister for Education.

7. Tom Carroll (born 1961)

Tom Carroll is an Australian former professional surfer and two-time world champion. While not originally from the South Coast, Carroll has called the region home for many years. He is considered one of the greatest surfers in Australian history and continues to be involved in the surfing community through various ventures and philanthropic activities.

8. Robert O'Hara Burke (1821-1861)

Robert O'Hara Burke was an Irish-born Australian explorer known for leading the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. Although not directly associated with the South Coast, Burke's expedition passed through the region during their ill-fated journey across Australia. Despite its tragic outcome, the expedition remains a significant event in Australian history.

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Murrays Beach in Booderee National Park on the South Coast
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