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Australian of the Year Award

Australian of the year Award recognises people who inspire us through their achievements to be better, do better. They have become role models in our communities challenging us to contribute in our own way to making Australia and the world a better place.

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Every year the national Australian of the Year Awards are awarded on Australia Day. The Australian of the Year Awards started in 1960 and is a program of the National Australia Day Council

Present to 1991 ... 1990 to 1976 ... 1975 to 1960

Award
Year
Name Born Died A little bit about them . . .
2016 David Morrison 1956   Australian Chief of Army, stated priorities of republic, domestic violence, gender equality.
2015 Rosie Batty 1962   Australian family violence campaigner, her selfless efforts put domestic violence on the national agenda
2014 Adam Goodes 1980   AFL player and community leader, winner of two Brownlow Medals, an active role model for indigenous youth
2013 Ita Buttrose 1942   Australian journalist and businesswoman, founding editor of Cleo, President of Alzheimer's Australia
2012 Geoffrey Rush 1951   Australian actor and producer, won an Oscar for the film Shine, recognized for his contribution to the arts
2011 Simon McKeon 1955   Social entrepreneur, philanthropist businessman, shows how business and philanthropy can be partners
2010 Patrick McGorry 1953   Professor, mental health expert, educating and advocating for youth mental health reform world wide.
2009 Michael Dodson 1950   Professor, Aboriginal leader, advocate for reconciliation, first Indigenous Australian to receive a law degree
2008 Lee Kernaghan 1964   Country music singer, supports rural & regional Australia helping raise over a million dollars for drought relief
2007 Tim Flannery 1956   Professor, scientist, author of The Weather Makers, a study of human induced climate change
2006 Ian Frazer 1953   Professor, immunologist, with his team created 4 vaccines for the prevention & treatment of cervical cancer
2005 Fiona Wood 1958   Plastic surgeon, spray-on skin pioneer, worked with burn victims of the 2002 Bali bombings
2004 Steve Waugh 1965   Champion test cricket captain, philanthropic work with victims of leprosy in India
2003 Fiona Stanley 1946   Professor, epidemiologist & child health expert, stresses value of research to improve Aboriginal and children's lives
2002 Patrick Rafter 1972   Champion tennis player, strong belief in fair play, won ATP Sportsmanship Award 5 times, donated half prize money from US Open to Starlight Children's Foundation
2001 Peter Cosgrove 1947   General, awarded Military Cross 1971, commander of International Force East Timor, Chief of Australian Army
2000 Gustav Nossal 1931   Biologist, President of Australian Academy of Science (1994-98), tireless campaigner for scientific research
1999 Mark Taylor 1964   Australian test cricket captain, regarded as an innovative and effective leader
1998 Cathy Freeman 1973   World champion athlete, gold medal 1994 Commonwealth Games, silver medal 1996 Olympic Games; lit Olympic Flame at Opening Ceremony 2000 Sydney
1997 Peter Doherty 1940   Professor, immunologist; awarded 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine for groundbreaking research
1996 John Yu 1934   Paediatrician and hospital administrator, driving force in improvements to Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
1995 Arthur Boyd 1920 -1999 Leading Australian artist, named Australian of Year for his extraordinary contribution to Australian art and his great generosity to the Australian nation
1994 Ian Kiernan 1940   Global environmentalist; founder of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World
1993 No award made     the award dating system changed
1992 Mandawuy Yunupingu 1956   Aboriginal educator, singer, founded band Yothu Yindi, first Indigenous Australian to be appointed a school principal, named Australian of the Year for building bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. His brother Galarrwuy, received the Award in 1978
1991 Peter Hollingworth 1935   Archbishop, social justice advocate, Governor-General of Australia (20012003), Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane

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