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Hobart Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Hobart

Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia, has been the birthplace of numerous distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions in various fields. Here are some of the well-known figures born in Hobart, according to information verified by Wikipedia:

- Sir David Lindsay Anderson (1927–1981): A prominent Australian astrophysicist known for his contributions to the study of solar physics.
- Julian Oswald Carter (born 1925): An Australian economist and academic who made significant contributions to the field of development economics.
- Lloyd Valentine Berkner (1905–1967): An American physicist and geophysicist whose research greatly advanced our understanding of the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere.
- Donald Kingsbury (born 1943): An Australian-Canadian science fiction author, mathematician, and computer programmer known for his critically acclaimed novel "Courtship Rite".

Artists and Writers

- Christina Henri (born 1962): An Australian artist and sculptor, known for her public art installations.
- Elizabeth Durack (1915–2000): An Australian artist and writer known for her depictions of Indigenous Australians and her collaborations with Aboriginal artist Eddie Burrup.
- Graeme Base (born 1958): An Australian author and illustrator famous for his children's books, including "Animalia" and "The Eleventh Hour".
- Richard Flanagan (born 1961): An Australian novelist and film director who won the Man Booker Prize for his novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North".

Politicians and Public Figures

- Duncan Gillies (1834–1903): A prominent Australian politician who served as the 14th Premier of Victoria from 1886 to 1890.
- Vanessa Goodwin (1972–2018): An Australian politician who served as the Minister for Justice in Tasmania from 2014 until her untimely death.
- Lionel Murphy (1922–1986): An Australian politician and jurist who was a notable figure in the Australian Labor Party and served as a High Court Justice.
- George Reid (1845–1918): A Scottish-born Australian politician who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Australia from 1904 to 1905.


- Matthew Goss (born 1986): A retired Australian professional road and track cyclist who won the 2011 Milan–San Remo race.
- Richie Porte (born 1985): An Australian professional road cyclist known for his success in stage races, including multiple victories in the Tour de Suisse and Paris–Nice.
- Dean Mumm (born 1984): A former Australian rugby union player who represented the national team, the Wallabies, and played for the New South Wales Waratahs.

Business Figures

- William Grut (1828–1899): A prominent Australian businessman and politician who founded Grut & Sons, a major merchant company in Hobart.
- Daniel Leesong (1808–1863): An early Chinese Australian entrepreneur who established successful businesses in Tasmania, including coal mining and hotel ventures.
- Graeme Wood (born 1962): An Australian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of the online travel booking website Wotif.com.
- Jane Reimers (born 1947): An Australian businesswoman and philanthropist who served as the Chief Executive Officer of UTAS Enterprises.

This list represents just a small fraction of the distinguished individuals born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who have left a lasting impact in their respective fields. Their contributions have enriched society and continue to inspire future generations.

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