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Famous Australians

Based on the clues, name these famous people with Australian heritage.
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
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First submittedDecember 31, 2012
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Clue
Australian
The Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin
Actor who played Wolverine
Hugh Jackman
Tom Cruise's ex
Nicole Kidman
Country singer and husband
of the above
Keith Urban
That's not a knife. THAT's a knife!
Paul Hogan
Machiavellian media magnate
Rupert Murdoch
"Neighbours" actress and
"Showgirl" singer
Kylie Minogue
Greatest cricketer of all time
Donald Bradman
She won 24 tennis majors
Margaret Court
AC/DC singer who died in 1980
Bon Scott
Prime Minister, 1996-2007
John Howard
He won all four tennis major
in 1962 and 1969
Rod Laver
Actor who played Thor
Chris Hemsworth
Clue
Australian
Actor who played the Joker
Heath Ledger
WikiLeaks leader
Julian Assange
Star of "The Ring"
Naomi Watts
Golfer called "The Shark"
Greg Norman
Model known as "The Body"
Elle MacPherson
"Somebody That I Used to Know" singer
Gotye
Olympic swimmer compared to a torpedo
Ian Thorpe
Actor who taught the king how to speak
Geoffrey Rush
Singer who wants to get
physical... physical
Olivia Newton-John
Swashbuckling actor
of Golden Age Hollywood
Errol Flynn
Bushranger who wore armor and
was hanged in 1880
Ned Kelly
She played Galadriel and
Queen Elizabeth
Cate Blanchett
71 Comments
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Level 33
Jan 5, 2013
Good quiz!!! I knew who you meant by "Neighbours actress and singer" but you might be a little more specific. Actually, there's a few of them.
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Level 37
Mar 12, 2013
Yeah, only about a thousand...I thought of Natalie Imbruglia first...
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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2013
Made the clue more specific. As a non-Australian, I can't really fathom the popularity of Neighbours. :)
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2014
I thought Imbruglia first too. Then I typed Minogue thinking of Dannii
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Level 53
May 11, 2015
Neighbours is popular in other countries too, right?
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Level 62
Oct 16, 2015
As a Sydney-sider, why should you know what is popular elsewhere? I'm fairly sure Neighbours is more popular, particularly in the UK.
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Level 86
Jul 5, 2018
further confusing things, there is a movie called "Neighbors" (US spelling) starring an Australian actress (Rose Byrne)
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Level 70
Aug 29, 2018
And another American movie called neighbors with john belushi and dan aykroyd
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2019
That film is called Bad Neighbours in Australia and the UK to avoid confusion.
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Level 55
Aug 25, 2020
It says Showgirl singer, not just singer. Kylie Minogue is the only one that fits that description. And there is a very big clue with the picture!
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Level 82
Oct 2, 2022
I think the clue was changed for that very reason.
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Level 23
Mar 12, 2013
The good thing that Australia calls the tennis court an 'arena' rather than a court such as of Margaret Court Arena, rather than Margaret Court Court!
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Level 70
Oct 7, 2015
Of course Australians call a tennis court a tennis court. Just as the English call a football field a football field not a stadium even though they named Wembley Stadium.
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Level 64
Oct 24, 2017
Actually - it is called Margaret Court Court. They only changed it to Margaret Court Arena very recently.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2013
I had no idea Naomi Watts was Australian, and how many nationalities does Gotye have, exactly?
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Level 37
Mar 12, 2013
She moved to Australia when she was about 12 I think - born in England.
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Level 57
Mar 12, 2013
Gotye moved to Australia from Belgium with his family when he was about 2.
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2018
I had no idea several of these were from Australia - Flynn, Blanchett, Assange, MacPherson...
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Level 82
Oct 2, 2022
Down here in Tasmania, Flynn's a legend. Most days I walk through the Errol Flynn Reserve at Battery Point, Hobart, near where he was born. He's probably the most famous person our little island has ever produced, though I suspect most people don't know he came from here.
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Level 78
May 11, 2024
When I think Tasmania, I think Devils, Tigers, Errol Flynn, and David Boon, in that order.
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Level 33
Mar 12, 2013
I thought of Delta Goodrem first for Neighbours actor and singer, then Natalie Imbruglia, then remembered dear old Kylie. Might need edit that clue. Perhaps include the word "showgirl"?
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2014
a little annoyed at myself- it's Hugh Jackman NOT Huge Ackman.

We still haven't worked out what an Ackman is but It looks good!!!

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Level ∞
Jul 1, 2018
I always thought it was Huge Jacked Man.
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Level 76
Jul 2, 2018
Huge Act Man
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Level 83
Jul 15, 2018
Huge Yak Man
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Level 55
Aug 14, 2018
Hugh Jass

Hugh Mongous

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Level 76
Jun 22, 2014
Kerry Packer should also be an answer to "machiavellian media magnate"
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Level 66
Aug 30, 2018
Machiavellian? I think the word you and Quizmaster are after is "megalomaniacal"
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Level 83
Sep 14, 2014
Most of the foreign-born named in this quiz DO have Australian citizenship and classify themselves as such. Exceptions are Gibson who may've been educated in AUS & started his career her but at all times has been a US citizen and has never sought AUS citizenship. Murdoch renounced his to pursue US media ownership but has been allowed to re-assume AUS joint-citizenship
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Level 32
May 29, 2016
Bon Scott is actually Scottish.
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Level 58
Aug 30, 2018
Moved to Australia when he was 6yo.
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Level 69
Jul 16, 2016
As an Australian who got 11... heh.
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Level 69
Oct 4, 2021
sheeeeeeeeeeeesh i just did it again and got 10
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2017
Logue (as in the man played by Rush) should be accepted for the actor who taught the king how to speak, since he was a stage actor (albeit an amateur one).
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Level 79
Jun 4, 2018
Rupert Murdoch is not Australian! He gave up his citizenship, plus we don't want him!
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Level 78
Jul 2, 2018
Keith Urban is a New Zealander. Tired of Aussies endlessly claiming successful NZers as their own.
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2018
You can have him.
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Level 58
Aug 30, 2018
He moved to Australia when he was 2yo. He is an Australian citizen (and American).
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Level 77
Jul 5, 2018
You could easily do a part two. Aussies are everywhere.
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Level 54
Aug 29, 2018
accept Don Bradman?
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Level 47
Aug 29, 2018
Yep second that. Commonly referred to as Don Bradman or simply 'The Don'
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Level ∞
Aug 29, 2018
Okay. In the future you can save time by simply typing the last name.
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Level 48
Aug 29, 2018
"Greatest cricketer ever" is pretty controversial...
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Level 73
Oct 27, 2019
It's not even slightly controversial. The Don's batting average was 99.94, the next closest is Steve Smith, a batting phenomenon in his own right, with 64.56. Bradman's career was interrupted by WW2 and mental illness and he played on uncovered and unpredictable pitches. I read an article once comparing him to the best players of other sports, which found him to be further ahead of the pack in cricket than any other player in any other sport. He was a freak.
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Level 62
Feb 3, 2021
But would he be successful on subcontinental rank turners?
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Level 76
Sep 25, 2023
When the clue 'greatest cricketer ever' came up, I immediately thought Shane Warne. Bradman can be considered the greatest batsman of all time, but greatest cricketer is much much more open to debate.
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2018
This was really tough. Australia should work on producing some more famous famous Australians.
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Level 73
Aug 29, 2018
Or Americans could work on realising there is a world outside of the USA
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Level 78
Aug 29, 2018
Fake news.
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2018
Play Freebird!
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2018
a.k.a. waaahhhh my country isn't as well known to everybody in the world as some other countries are and is justifiably viewed as relatively insignificant so I'm going to whine about it on every single quiz I ever take to assuage my injured pride! (though this won't stop me from complaining about the number of questions pertaining to other more well-known countries and implying that it's impossible to know the answers to those questions) All while steadfastly avoiding doing this.
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2018
Or famous Australians should stop covering their accents when they go to the U.S.A. to get famous.
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Level 56
Jun 1, 2024
They don't cover their accents. They have to put on an accent to please the American viewers who cannot comprehend any accent other than their own.
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Level 78
Aug 30, 2018
I'm afraid that Costa Ricans, Peruvians, Poles, Iraqis, and Gabonese people don't know many Australian celebrities either and are therefore, too, ignorant about the rest of the world.
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Level 84
Aug 29, 2018
Margaret Court won 64 majors - 24 in singles and another 40 in doubles. Perhaps change the clue to include 'singles'?
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Level 65
Aug 29, 2018
PM for 11 years and 2nd from bottom on 30%
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Level 70
May 25, 2021
Fair return. If you had to choose one word to describe his personality, "forgettable" would be up there.
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Level 73
Jan 25, 2024
I'll take competence and integrity over "charisma" any time with regard to politicians
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2018
The best Australian actors are Hugo Weaving, Toni Colette and David Wenham. Hugo Weaving was brilliant as Mr.Smith in The Matrix, but when you see him in other films like 'The Interview', 'V for Vendetta' or 'Mystery Road', you get an idea of his range. Watch David Wenham in 'Gettin' Square', 'The Proposition' and 'The Boys'. And Toni Collette in 'The United States of Tara'.
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Level 82
Aug 29, 2018
I like Weaving as a character actor but I'm not sure what you mean by his range. Most of his stuff seems a bit samey to me.
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Level 86
Aug 30, 2018
Toni Collette was amazing in Hereditary.
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Level 82
Aug 10, 2022
That was certainly an unnerving performance.
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Level 90
Aug 29, 2018
Not saying she isn't, but I would think you could find a more Australian person than Watts. I've never considered her Australian and from reading over her biography she's only lived about 10 years in Australia. She was born in England lived there until she was 14 and considers herself English, has a British passport and currently lives in the US.
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Level 74
Feb 24, 2023
Agreed. Toni Collette is more representative of Australia than Naomi Watts
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2018
Reducing Nicole Kidman to Tom Cruise's ex and Keith Urbans current wife feels a bit strange. I'm sure she's done other things in her life too.
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Level 58
Aug 30, 2018
Like win academy awards.
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2018
I can't think of any movie she's been in except the torrid one with Tom Cruise. She looks kind of like she could've been in the famous scene from Basic Instinct.
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Level 75
Sep 1, 2018
Moulin Rouge, The Hours and Dogville are some notable works, at least. I do think her career has declined though. People are nowadays mostly interested in her strangely wrinkle free and immobilized face, but even that would be a better clue than "Tom Cruise's ex".
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Level 86
Aug 30, 2018
So Nick Cave is not here why?
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Level 89
Aug 30, 2018
I cannot unlive watching and hearing that Gotye video after Googling the song. Thanks.
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Level 86
Dec 24, 2021
Excellent quiz. I usually stay out of the "why didn't you include..." complaints because I appreciate that you can't include EVERY qualified candidate. But I will say that it would have been nice to see some of the great Australian writers here, such as Neville Shute or Banjo Patterson.