Officers of the Order of Australia

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  1. Olivia Newton-John

    Olivia Newton-John


    Olivia Newton-John, AOOBE (born 26 September 1948) is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. Her music has been successful in multiple genres including pop, country, and adult contemporary, and has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She co-starred with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.

  2. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson


    Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series and Max Rockatansky in the first three post-apocalyptic action films in the Mad Max series.

  3. Rolf Harris

    Rolf Harris


    Rolf Harris (born 30 March 1930) is an Australian entertainer and convicted sex offender. His career encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. Harris lived in Bray, Berkshire, England, for more than six decades.

  4. John Farnham

    John Farnham


    John Peter Farnham AO (born 1 July 1949), (formerly billed as Johnny Farnham from his professional debut 1967 until 1980), is an English-born Australian pop singer. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1964 to 1979, and has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer. His career has mostly been as a solo artist although he temporarily replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band during 1982–1985. In September 1986 his solo single, "You're the Voice" peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position for a total of 25 weeks, and is the highest-selling album in Australian history. Both the single and the album had Top Ten success internationally including No. 1 in Sweden.

  5. Greg Norman

    Greg Norman


    Gregory John Norman AO (born 10 February 1955) is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. He has won over 85 international tournaments in his career, including two majors: The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993. In a reference to his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style and his birthplace's iconic native coastal animal, Norman's nickname is "The Great White Shark" (often shortened to "The Shark").

  6. Joan Child

    Joan Child


    Joan Child, AO (3 August 1921 – 23 February 2013) was an Australian politician. She was the first woman to be Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. Up until the election of Anna Burke on 9 October 2012, she was the only female Speaker of the lower house.

  7. Barry Humphries

    Barry Humphries


    John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only "the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin".

  8. Slim Dusty

    Slim Dusty


    David Gordon Kirkpatrick AO MBE, known professionally as Slim Dusty (13 June 1927 – 19 September 2003), was an Australian country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, with a career spanning nearly seven decades. He was known to record songs in the legacy of Australian poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson that represented the Australian bush lifestyle and also for his many trucking songs. Dusty was the first Australian to have a No. 1 hit song, with Gordon Parsons "A Pub with No Beer". He received an unequalled 37 Golden Guitar and two Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and the Country Music Roll of Renown. At the time of his death, at the age of 76, Dusty had been working on his 106th album for EMI Records. In 2007, his domestic record sales in Australia surpassed seven million.

  9. Layne Beachley

    Layne Beachley


    Layne Collette Beachley AO is a former professional surfer from Manly, New South Wales. She won the World Championship seven times. Currently she is one of the four vice presidents of the International Surfing Association (ISA) and sits on the organization's Executive Committee.

  10. Keith Potger

    Keith Potger


    Keith Leon Potger, AO (born 21 March 1941), is one of the founding members of the Australian pop-folk group The Seekers. He was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and is of Burgher descent. In the Seekers, he played twelve string guitar (a 1967 Maton Special SS200/12), mandolin and banjo, and sang. He has been the vocal, and often instrumental, arranger for the group throughout its career. Potger contributed the song "All I Can Remember" on the Seekers last studio album Seen in Green as well as co-writing (under a pseudonym) the single "Emerald City". On The Seekers studio album Future Road, Potger wrote or co-wrote four songs: "Guardian Angel/Guiding Light", "Circle Of Love", "Forever Isn't Long Enough (For Me)" and

  11. Ricky Ponting

    Ricky Ponting


    Ricky Thomas Ponting, AO (born 19 December 1974), nicknamed Punter, is an Australian former cricketer who was captain of the Australia national cricket team during its 'golden era'; between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day International cricket. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, slips and close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. He is the only Australian test captain to have led his side to three separate Ashes series defeats, but led Australia to victory at the 2003 and 2007 cricket world cups and was also a member of the 1999 world cup winning team under Steve Waugh.

  12. Jacki Weaver

    Jacki Weaver


    Jacqueline Ruth "Jacki" Weaver, AO (born 25 May 1947) is an Australian theatre, film, and television actress. She is known internationally for her performances as Janine "Smurf" Cody in Animal Kingdom (2010) and as Dolores Solatano in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), both of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

  13. Steve Waugh

    Steve Waugh


    Stephen Rodger Waugh, AO (born 2 June 1965) is a former Australian cricketer and fraternal twin of cricketer Mark Waugh. A right-handed batsman, he was also a medium-pace bowler. Born in New South Wales, with whom he began his first class cricket career in 1984, he captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004, and was the most capped Test cricket player in history, with 168 appearances, until Sachin Tendulkar of India broke this record in 2010. Thought of in the early stages of his career as only "a moderately talented player", at one point losing his Test place to his brother Mark, Waugh went on to become one of the leading batsmen of his time. He is one of only 11 players to have scored over 10,000 Test runs, led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins, and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 for his philanthropic work, and inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of his home fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2010.

  14. Leo McKern

    Leo McKern


    Reginald "Leo" McKern, AO (16 March 1920 – 23 July 2002) was an Australian actor who appeared in numerous British and Australian television programmes and films, and in more than 200 stage roles. Notable roles he portrayed include Clang in Help! (1965), Thomas Cromwell in A Man for All Seasons (1966), Tom Ryan in Ryan's Daughter (1970), Paddy Button in The Blue Lagoon (1980), Father Imperius in Ladyhawke (1985) and, in the role that made him a household name as an actor, Horace Rumpole, whom he played in Rumpole of the Bailey. He also portrayed Carl Bugenhagen in the first and second installment of the The Omen trilogy.

  15. Judith Durham

    Judith Durham


    Judith Mavis Durham AO (born Judith Mavis Cock; 3 July 1943) is an Australian singer and musician who became the lead vocalist for the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. The group subsequently became the first Australian pop music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States, and as of 2004 had sold over 50 million records. Durham left the group in mid-1968 to pursue her solo career. In 1993, Durham began to make sporadic recordings and performances with The Seekers, though she remains primarily a solo performer

  16. George Miller

    George Miller


    George Miller AO (born 3 March 1945) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, but has been involved in a wide range of projects. These include the Academy Award-winning Babe and Happy Feet film series.

  17. Graham Kennedy

    Graham Kennedy


    Graham Cyril Kennedy AO (15 February 1934 – 25 May 2005) was an Australian entertainer and variety performer, as well as a personality and star of radio, theatre, television and film. He was often called "Gra Gra" (pronounced "gray-gray"). Honoured with the national Order of Australia medal and a six time recipient of the Gold Logie, including the Logie Hall of Fame award, as well as having won the Star of the Year Award in 1959, generally thought of as a fore-runner to the Logies. He is the most awarded star of Australian television. He was often referred to as "The King" or the "King of Australian television".

  18. Colleen McCullough

    Colleen McCullough


    Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

  19. Dawn Fraser

    Dawn Fraser


    Dawn Fraser, AOMBE (born 4 September 1937) is an Australian champion swimmer and former politician. She is one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic event three times – in her case the 100-metre freestyle.

  20. Garry McDonald

    Garry McDonald


    Garry George McDonald AO (born 30 October 1948) is an Australian stage, film and television actor. He is known for his portrayal of the bawdy Wollongong interviewer and Gold Logie award winning character Norman Gunston and for his role of hapless Arthur Beare in the ABC television sitcom Mother and Son.

  21. Jack Brabham

    Jack Brabham


    Sir John Arthur "Jack" Brabham, AO, OBE (2 April 1926 – 19 May 2014) was an Australian racing driver who was Formula One champion in 1959, 1960, and 1966. He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.

  22. Ted Egan

    Ted Egan


    Edward Joseph "Ted" Egan AO (born 6 July 1932) is an Australian folk musician and a former public servant who served as Administrator of the Northern Territory from 2003 to 2007.

  23. Allan Border

    Allan Border


    Allan Robert Border AO (born 27 July 1955) is an Australian former cricketer. A batsman, Border was for many years the captain of the Australian team. His playing nickname was "A.B.". He played 156 Test matches in his career, a record until it was passed by fellow Australian Steve Waugh.

  24. John McCallum

    John McCallum


    John Neil McCallum, AO, CBE (14 March 1918 – 3 February 2010) was an Australian theatre and film actor, highly successful in Britain. He was also a television producer.

  25. Margaret Whitlam

    Margaret Whitlam


    Margaret Elaine Whitlam, AO (19 November 1919 – 17 March 2012) was a prominent Australian and the wife of Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam. She was a published author, social worker and former champion swimmer, having represented Australia at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney.

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