Famous Australian Activists

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Steve Irwin
(Zookeeper, Conservationist)

Steve Irwin
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Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: 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.

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Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)

Julian Assange
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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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Bindi Irwin
(Television Personality)

Bindi Irwin
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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.

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

Nicole da Silva is an Australian actress renowned for her portrayal of Stella Dagostino in the popular police procedural television series Rush. She is also known for playing Franky Doyle in the Australian TV drama series Wentworth for which she won the 2014 ASTRA Award under the Most Outstanding Performance by an Actress category.

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Bob Irwin
(Founder of Australia Zoo)

Bob Irwin
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Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Bob Irwin, better known to the world as the father of legendary Australian conservationist Steve Irwin, is a conservationist in his own right. Initially a plumber, he later built the Beerwah Reptile Park, which later became Australia Zoo. Following Steve’s death, he cut all ties with the zoo.

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Sia Furler
(Singer-Songwriter)

Sia Furler
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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.

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Magda Szubanski
(Comedy actress)

Magda Szubanski
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Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Well-known Australian comedienne Magda Szubanski soared to fame with her performances in shows such as Kath and Kim, D-Generation, and Fast Forward. She has also been part of movies such as Happy Feet and penned a bestselling memoir. An open lesbian, she is also an LGBT activist.

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Charlotte Dawson
(Television personality)

Charlotte Dawson
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: February 22, 2014

Charlotte Dawson was a New Zealand–Australian TV personality best remembered for her work as the host of popular TV shows, such as Getaway and The Contender Australia. A former model and fashion advocate, Dawson also appeared as a judge on the reality television series, Australia's Next Top Model. Her death by suicide in 2014 made headlines in Australia.

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Lisa Origliasso
(Singer, Songwriter)

Lisa Origliasso
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

Lisa Origliasso is an Australian singer-songwriter best known for forming the popular pop duo The Veronicas along with her twin sister, Jessica. Origliasso is also known for her humanitarian efforts; in 2006, she joined the Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, an organization that aims at protecting animals and their natural environments.

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Madeleine Madden
(First teenager who delivered a speech on the future of Indigenous Australians)

Madeleine Madden
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Birthdate: January 29, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Australia

Actor Madeleine Madden is also the great-granddaughter of Australian Aboriginal leader Hetty Perkins and the granddaughter of soccer player Charles Perkins. At 13, she made waves as the first Australian teen to deliver an address to the nation. She made her Hollywood debut with Dora and the Lost City of Gold.  

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Burnum Burnum
(Activist)

Burnum Burnum
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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.

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Charles Perkins
(Soccer player)

Charles Perkins
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Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alice Springs, Australia
Died: October 19, 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.

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Edith Cowan
(Social Campaigner)

Edith Cowan
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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.

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Ali Banat
(Businessperson and founded the charity ‘Muslims Around the World’)

Ali Banat
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Australia
Died: May 29, 2018

Palestinian-origin Australian businessman Ali Banat was initially known for his flamboyant lifestyle. The millionaire who owned a security and electrical company turned into a humanitarian after being diagnosed with stage-4 cancer. His charity, Muslims Around the World, was aimed at helping the needy. He eventually lost his battle to cancer at 35.

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Judith Wright
(Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights)

Judith Wright
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Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal
(Political activist, artist and educator, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Stradbroke Island, Australia
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.

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Sara Ahmed
(Independent Feminist Scholar)

Sara Ahmed
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Birthdate: August 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salford, England

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

Miles Franklin was an Australian feminist and writer best remembered for her 1901 novel My Brilliant Career. Franklin, who made immense contributions to Australian literature, was honored with the prestigious S. H. Prior Memorial Prize twice during her illustrious career. The Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize were established in her honor.

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Stella Young
(Famous for her Melbourne International Comedy Festival award-winning show Tales from the Crip)

Stella Young
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Birthdate: February 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stawell, Australia
Died: December 6, 2014

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Harry Bridges
(Labour Leader)

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

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Hazel Hawke
(Social worker, Pianist)

Hazel Hawke
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Birthdate: July 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: May 23, 2013

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Cheryl Kernot
(Politician)

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

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Catherine Helen Spence
(Author, Journalist & Politician)

Catherine Helen Spence
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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". 

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

Patrick Dodson is an Australian politician who has been serving as the Senator for Western Australia since 2016. A Yawuru man, Dodson is best known for his association with the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, where he has served as chairman. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the John Curtin Medal.

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

Apart from being a successful barrister, Melbourne-based Julian Burnside, now a Living National Treasure, is also a famed human rights activist. A lover of the arts, he is a passionate collector of paintings and sculptures and has also chaired Chamber Music Australia. An author too, he has penned a children’s book.

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B. A. Santamaria
(Journalist, Activist)

B. A. Santamaria
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Birthdate: August 14, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: February 25, 1998

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

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Dorothy Hewett
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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.

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

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Harry Holland
(Politician)

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

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Alice Henry
(Journalist)

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

Alice Henry was an Australian journalist, trade unionist, and suffragist. Henry was part of the Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) where she was an important member. A fierce feminist, Alice Henry worked towards establishing equal rights for women.

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Bernard O'Dowd
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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.

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Gatjil Djerrkura
(Aboriginal Leader)

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

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John Dunmore Lang
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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.