Bruce Kingsbury was an Australian soldier best remembered for his efforts during the Second World War. Kingsbury lost his life while counter-attacking the Japanese forces during the Battle of Isurava. Kingsbury's counter-attack proved beneficial for the Australians and his bravery during the battle was honored with the Victoria Cross.
Jacqui Lambie is an Australian politician who was a senator for Tasmania from 2014 to 2017. she was re-elected in 2019. She was initially affiliated with the Palmer United Party (PUP). Following her resignation, she was an independent for a while. Today, she is the leader of her own political party, the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN).
Anglo-Australian bush poet and military officer Breaker Morant was one of the first war criminals who was court-martialled, convicted and executed in British military history for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. A folk hero in modern Australia, Morant became subject of several books, a play and an award-winning film.
Billy Sing was an Australian soldier who served during the First World War in the Australian Imperial Force. He is best remembered for his role in the Gallipoli Campaign where he was a sniper. Billy Sing is credited with pulling off at least 150 confirmed kills while contemporary evidence suggests that he may have had close to 300 kills overall.
Mark Donaldson is an Australian soldier who has been decorated with the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honors system. He performed several acts of bravery in the Battle of Khaz Oruzgan during Operation Slipper in 2008. He is the recipient of several awards and was named the 2010 Young Australian of the Year as well.
While he once worked as a flight lieutenant in the RAAF, actor Allan Cuthbertson was later typecast in roles of stern military officials, dignitaries, or other high-ranking officials. He first gained fame as Romeo in a Boltons production of Romeo and Juliet and later as Colonel Hall in Fawlty Towers.
Alec Campbell was 16 when he was named to the Australian Army during World War I. A water carrier at Gallipoli, he developed partial facial paralysis due to a fever and was thus discharged. Named one of Australian Legends, he later led a vibrant civilian life and became a prominent unionist.
Keith Payne is an Australian former army man known for his valour during the Vietnam War. For his wartime role, he was decorated with the Victoria Cross, the highest honor for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy." After his military career, he became active in counseling veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Though his father wanted him to be an accountant, Charles “Bud” Tingwell failed his exams and started his career as a radio announcer instead. He was also part of the air force during World War II but later had a high-flying career as an actor, with films such as Kangaroo and Murder, Ahoy!
Albert Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross during the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a young man and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. He became a businessman after the conclusion of the war but never recovered fully from his wartime injuries.
Nicknamed Killer Caldwell, Australian military aviator Clive Caldwell, who served during World War II, is known to have shot down many enemy aircrafts. He also commanded RAF and RAAF units. He later resigned in protest of misuse of Australian fighter units and was then court-martialed for liquor transactions.
Tasmanian war veteran Teddy Sheean was initially a farm laborer and then joined the Australian navy. Seventy-eight years after he died after strapping himself to a sinking HMAS Armidale’s anti-aircraft gun and shooting at the attacking Japanese war planes, he was awarded with the Victoria Cross.
Initially a schoolmaster, Leslie Morshead later joined the Australian Army and served in Gallipoli during World War I. He later served the Orient Line before being part of World War II, during which he served in North Africa. He also led soldiers in the Siege of Tobruk, among other invasions.
Born to a dairy-farmer father, Bill Brown became part of the Australian squad in the Ashes tour at age 21. Though he created quite a stir with his double-hundred at a Lord's Test in 1938, his Test career was later affected by World War II. He later worked as a selector for Queensland.
Named an elite commando at age 24, Damien Thomlinson joined the Australian forces in Afghanistan and ended up losing his legs in an explosion orchestrated by the Taliban. Now a skilled para snowboarder and swimmer, he has also penned a best-selling memoir and been part of the movie Hacksaw Ridge.
Bill Roycroft was an Australian Olympic equestrian champion who won an Olympic gold medal in 1960. He learned to ride horses as a young boy and served in the army during World War II. He married a showjumper and trained his sons to ride horses as well. He then went on to participate in competitive events with his sons.