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Australians Born in January
January's Australian birthdays include the Aussie aviator who received the Distinguished Flying Cross from US President Hoover in 1932 and offered US citizenship but turned it down.
It's a way to remember those no loner with us too. They include:
- 05 Jan 1903 – Harold Charles Gatty
Australian inventor, aviator, navigator,
- 07 Jan 1895 – Wilmot Hudson Fysh
Australian aviator, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
- 13 Jan 1911 – Joh Bejlke-Petersen
Australian politician, longest-serving Premier of Queensland
- 15 Jan 1842 – Mary Helen MacKillop
Only Australian recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint
- and two Australian Prime Ministers
See all the January Birthdays
Australian Of The Year
The announcement of the 2017
Australian of the Year Awards will be held on the lawns outside
Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 25 January 2017.
Since 1960 the Australian of the Year Award recognises people who inspire us through their achievements to be better, do better. They challenge us to contribute in our own way to making Australia and the world a better place.
National Finalists for 2017
- New South Wales - Deng Adut
Child soldier turned successful Lawyer
- Victoria - Paris Aristotle AM
Refugee, torture and trauma rehabilitation advocate
2017 Country Music Awards
and Tamworth Country Festival
The Tamworth Country Music Festival runs from the 15th to the 28th of January 2017. Largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, it's in the top 10 in the world.
There are over 2,800 events and 700 artists performing in the 120 venues that make up the 2017 Festival. List of hotels, venues and more including email addresses, phone numbers and location are available at the
Toyota Country Music Festival website
- Queensland - Prof. Alan Mackay-Sim
Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries
- Western Australia - Andrew Forrest
Businessman, philanthropist and anti-slavery advocate
- South Australia - Kate Swaffer
Author and advocate for living beyond dementia
- Tasmania - Rosalie Martin
Speech pathologist working to rehabilitate people in the Justice System
- ACT - Alan Tongue
NRL champion turned youth mentor and educator
- Northern Territory - Andrea Mason
Indigenous leader and business woman of the year (2016)
• See our 50 years of
Australian of the Year Awards
Read more from our blog
The 2017 Country Music Awards Ceremony is part of the Festival. The 45th Golden Guitar Awards will take place on
28 January 2017 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre.
• Over 40 years of Golden Guitar winners.
Monument Australia is a historical and educational research
website helping to preserve the cultural history of Australia.
The website contains information on over 27,000 memorials and monuments across Australia commemorating people and historical events.
For example, in Conflict Theme section you'll find: Afghanistan, Boer, Colonial, Genocide, Gulf, Indigenous, Korea, Spain, Terrorism, Vietnam, WWI, WWII. They also have authors, events and more. Monument Australia is run by volunteers and privately funded.