Famous Australian Activists

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 1 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin.
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 2 Julian Assange

Julian Assange.
Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

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 3 Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin.
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia

Daughter of legendary Australian wildlife expert The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps and is now a renowned conservationist and TV personality. Her stint on Bindi the Jungle Girl made her the youngest Daytime Emmy winner. She is also associated with the Australia Zoo.

 4 Nicole da Silva

Nicole da Silva.
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 5 Bob Irwin

Bob Irwin.
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 6 Sia Furler

Sia Furler
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

 7 Charlotte Dawson

Charlotte Dawson
Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: February 22, 2014
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 8 Burnum Burnum

Burnum Burnum
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wallaga Lake National Park Wallaga Lake, New South Wales
Died: August 18, 1997

Australian Aboriginal activist Burnum Burnum was separated from his family as an infant and grew up in a mission home. The Churchill Scholarship winner was a law graduate and also excelled in rugby. He is best remembered for erecting the aboriginal flag in Dover during the Australian bicentenary celebrations.

 9 Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins.
Famous As: Soccer player
Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alice Springs
Died: October 18, 2000

Charles Perkins had initially been a footballer who played for teams such as Everton and coached Pan-Hellenic to fund his university studies. He later gained recognition as an Aboriginal activist after organizing the Freedom Ride to protest against racial discrimination and became the Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

 10 Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan.
Famous As: Social Campaigner
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 11 Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Famous As: Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stradbroke Island
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.

 12 Miles Franklin

Miles Franklin
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Talbingo, Australia
Died: September 19, 1954

 13 Harry Bridges

Harry Bridges
Famous As: Labour Leader
Birthdate: July 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 30, 1990

 14 Cheryl Kernot

Cheryl Kernot
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

 15 Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence.
Famous As: Author, Journalist & Politician
Birthdate: October 31, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melrose, Scotland
Died: April 3, 1910

Catherine Helen Spence was a 19th-century Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, and politician. One of the leading suffragists of her era, she was also a minister of religion and social worker. She supported electoral proportional representation. Australian writer and feminist Miles Franklin called her the "Greatest Australian Woman". 

 16 Patrick Dodson

Patrick Dodson
Famous As: Senator
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Broome, Western Australia, Australia

 17 Kirsty Sword Gusmão

Kirsty Sword Gusmão
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 18 Lowitja O'Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indulkana, Australia

 19 Dorothy Hewett

Dorothy Hewett
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Dorothy Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, and playwright, often credited to be one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers. She studied English at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and wrote for a Communist newspaper under a pseudonym. Over time, she established herself as a prominent author of feminist literature. She received the Christopher Brennan Award.

 20 Katharine Susannah Prichard

Katharine Susannah Prichard
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Levuka, Fiji
Died: October 2, 1969

 21 John Dunmore Lang

John Dunmore Lang
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 25, 1799
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 8, 1878

Australian clergyman and author John Dunmore Lang is best remembered as the man who founded the Australian Presbyterian Church. He had also served as a Member of the NSW Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly. He also worked to ease the emigration of English Protestants to Australia.

 22 Harry Holland

Harry Holland
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia
Died: October 8, 1933

 23 Alice Henry

Alice Henry
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 21, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: February 14, 1943

 24 Bernard O'Dowd

Bernard O'Dowd
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaufort, Australia
Died: September 1, 1953

Born to Irish immigrants in Australia, Bernard O'Dowd became a head teacher at 17. He lost his teaching job for his radical views and was branded a heretic, but unperturbed, he opened his own school. A talented poet, he had also worked as a lawyer, a journalist, and a librarian.

 25 Gatjil Djerrkura

Gatjil Djerrkura
Famous As: Aboriginal Leader
Birthdate: June 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: -
Died: May 26, 2004

 26 Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia