Australian National Living Treasures

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Australian National Living Treasures are people who have made outstanding contributions to Australian society in any field of human endeavour. In 1997 the National Trust of Australia (NSW) called for nominations from the public for 100 Australian Living Treasures and each nomination was counted as one vote. The nominees had to be living and had to have made a substantial and enduring contribution. The choice of those who were named as National Living Treasures was made via more than 10,000 Australians voting. Their votes determined who was chosen. The first list of 100 Living Treasures was published in 1997.

In 2004 the list was refreshed with 15 names, following the deaths of notable Australians and the exclusion of disgraced former Justice Marcus Einfeld,[1] following an identical process to that used in 1997 – a public nomination and vote.

On 23 January 2012, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) joined with Woman's Day magazine to launch a nationwide search for seven new National Living Treasures. They were announced, amid controversy,[2] on 4 March 2012.[3][4]

On 30 July 2014, the board of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) voted to remove Rolf Harris from the list after his conviction on twelve charges of indecent assault between 1969 and 1986, and to withdraw the award.[5] Harris had been among the original 100 Australians selected for the honour in 1997.

Current list[edit]

The list, in alphabetical order, stands as follows:[5]

  1. Phillip Adams, humanist, social commentator
  2. Faith Bandler, academic, activist and advocate for indigenous Australians and South Sea Islander people
  3. Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, professor
  4. John Bell, actor
  5. Geoffrey Blainey, professor, historian
  6. Raelene Boyle, Olympic runner, sports commentator
  7. Father Frank Brennan, social commentator
  8. Bob Brown, politician, Australian Greens activist
  9. Julian Burnside, barrister, refugee rights advocate, author
  10. Don Burrows, musician
  11. Dr Harry Butler, naturalist and conservationist
  12. The Reverend Tim Costello, social activist, commentator
  13. The Reverend Bill Crews, social activist
  14. Russell Crowe, actor
  15. Bart Cummings, racehorse trainer
  16. Betty Cuthbert, Olympic runner
  17. Judy Davis, actress
  18. Sir William Deane, former High Court judge and former Governor-General of Australia
  19. Ernie Dingo, indigenous Australian television personality
  20. Mick Dodson, indigenous Australian leader
  21. Pat Dodson, indigenous Australian activist/leader
  22. Peter Doherty, immunologist, professor, Nobel Prize winner
  23. Ted Egan, musician, activist, administrator
  24. Herb Elliott, Olympic runner
  25. John Farnham, entertainer
  26. Dawn Fraser, Olympic swimmer, former politician
  27. Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia
  28. Professor Ian Frazer, scientist
  29. Cathy Freeman, indigenous Australian sportsperson, Olympic runner
  30. Margaret Fulton, writer, food expert
  31. Peter Garrett, politician, former singer and social activist
  32. Jennie George, ACTU trade union leader, politician
  33. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, indigenous Australian tennis player
  34. Shane Gould, Olympic swimmer
  35. Germaine Greer, writer, social activist
  36. Catherine Hamlin, physician
  37. John Hatton, independent NSW politician
  38. Basil Hetzel, medical researcher, public health advocate
  39. The Right Reverend Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General of Australia
  40. Gabi Hollows, social activist, philanthropist
  41. Janet Holmes à Court, business leader, philanthropist
  42. John Howard, politician, former Prime Minister of Australia
  43. Barry Humphries, entertainer
  44. Barry Jones, former politician, author, polymath
  45. Caroline Jones, television personality, social commentator
  46. Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia
  47. Thomas Keneally, writer
  48. Cheryl Kernot, former politician
  49. Nicole Kidman, actress
  50. Ian Kiernan, businessman, social activist
  51. Michael Kirby, lawyer, judge, social commentator
  52. Dame Leonie Kramer, academic, businesswoman
  53. Karl Kruszelnicki, scientist, author, media personality
  54. John Landy, Olympic athlete, former Governor of Victoria
  55. Rod Laver, tennis player, businessman
  56. Michael Leunig, cartoonist, social commentator
  57. Ted Mack, politician, social commentator
  58. David Malouf, novelist
  59. Colleen McCullough, author, writer
  60. Garry McDonald, actor
  61. Walter Mikac, survivors' advocate
  62. Kylie Minogue, singer, actress
  63. Jack Mundey, trade union leader
  64. Graeme Murphy, dancer, choreographer
  65. Les A Murray, poet
  66. John Newcombe, tennis player, television commentator
  67. Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress
  68. Greg Norman, golfer, businessman
  69. Sir Gustav Nossal, scientist, administrator
  70. Lowitja O'Donoghue, indigenous Australian leader
  71. Pat O'Shane, magistrate, indigenous Australian leader
  72. Clive Palmer, mining magnate
  73. Mary Paton, founder of the Nursing Mothers' Association
  74. Noel Pearson, indigenous Australian leader
  75. Kieren Perkins, Olympic swimmer, television commentator
  76. Pat Rafter, tennis player
  77. Henry Reynolds, historian
  78. Ken Rosewall, tennis player
  79. Dick Smith, businessman, social commentator
  80. Fiona Stanley, physician
  81. Richard Tognetti, violinist and conductor
  82. Tom Uren, former politician
  83. Anthony Warlow, singer
  84. Gai Waterhouse, racehorse trainer
  85. Steve Waugh, cricketer
  86. Robyn Williams, science broadcaster
  87. David Williamson, playwright
  88. Tim Winton, novelist
  89. Fiona Wood, physician
  90. Roger Woodward, pianist
  91. John Yu, medical doctor
  92. Galarrwuy Yunupingu, indigenous Australian leader

Deceased (formerly listed)[edit]

Removed while living[edit]


  1. ^ "15 Australians honoured as 'national living treasures'". Australia: ABC News. 14 March 2004. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Christine Sams, Cosima Marriner: National living treasure uproar, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2012. Accessed 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Kylie, Olivia and... Clive?". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "National Trust announces seven new National Living Treasures" (Press release). National Trust of Australia (NSW). 4 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "List of National Living Treasures". National Trust of Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Daniele, Linda (1 November 2008). "Marcus Einfeld: From living treasure to liar". The Australian. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 

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