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. There was no request to rank nominations. The choice of those who were named as National Living Treasures was not made by the Board or the Executive of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and more than 10,000 Australians voted. 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]

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. Rolf Harris, entertainer
  38. John Hatton, independent NSW politician
  39. Basil Hetzel, medical researcher, public health advocate
  40. The Right Reverend Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General of Australia
  41. Gabi Hollows, social activist, philanthropist
  42. Janet Holmes à Court, business leader, philanthropist
  43. John Howard, politician, former Prime Minister of Australia
  44. Barry Humphries, entertainer
  45. Barry Jones, former politician, author, polymath
  46. Caroline Jones, television personality, social commentator
  47. Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia
  48. Thomas Keneally, writer
  49. Cheryl Kernot, former politician
  50. Nicole Kidman, actress
  51. Ian Kiernan, businessman, social activist
  52. Michael Kirby, lawyer, judge, social commentator
  53. Dame Leonie Kramer, academic, businesswoman
  54. Karl Kruszelnicki, scientist, author, media personality
  55. John Landy, Olympic athlete, former Governor of Victoria
  56. Rod Laver, tennis player, businessman
  57. Michael Leunig, cartoonist, social commentator
  58. Ted Mack, politician, social commentator
  59. David Malouf, novelist
  60. Colleen McCullough, author, writer
  61. Garry McDonald, actor
  62. Walter Mikac, survivors' advocate
  63. Kylie Minogue, singer, actress
  64. Jack Mundey, trade union leader
  65. Graeme Murphy, dancer, choreographer
  66. Les A Murray, poet
  67. John Newcombe, tennis player, television commentator
  68. Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress
  69. Greg Norman, golfer, businessman
  70. Sir Gustav Nossal, scientist, administrator
  71. Lowitja O'Donoghue, Indigenous Australian leader
  72. Pat O'Shane, magistrate, Indigenous Australian leader
  73. Clive Palmer, mining magnate
  74. Mary Paton, founder of the Nursing Mothers' Association
  75. Noel Pearson, Indigenous Australian leader
  76. Kieren Perkins, Olympic swimmer, television commentator
  77. Pat Rafter, tennis player
  78. Henry Reynolds, historian
  79. Ken Rosewall, tennis player
  80. Dick Smith, businessman, social commentator
  81. Fiona Stanley, physician
  82. Richard Tognetti, violinist and conductor
  83. Tom Uren, former politician
  84. Anthony Warlow, singer
  85. Gai Waterhouse, racehorse trainer
  86. Steve Waugh, cricketer
  87. Gough Whitlam, former Prime Minister of Australia
  88. Robyn Williams, science broadcaster
  89. David Williamson, playwright
  90. Tim Winton, novelist
  91. Fiona Wood, physician
  92. Roger Woodward, pianist
  93. John Yu, medical doctor
  94. Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Indigenous Australian leader

Deceased (formerly listed)[edit]

Living (formerly listed)[edit]


  1. ^ "15 Australians honoured as 'national living treasures'". ABC News (Australia). 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. ^ List of Australian Living Treasures at the National Trust of Australia
  6. ^ Daniele, Linda (1 November 2008). "Marcus Einfeld: From living treasure to liar". The Australian. Retrieved 18 July 2010.