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.

Regarding the original list Phillip Adams wrote that 'None of the 100 had sought the honour and most were bemused by it'.[6] The chairman of the National Trust disowned the list in 2012.[7]

Current list[edit]

The 85 living people on the 2014 list of 93 living people:[8]

Deceased (formerly listed)[edit]

Removed while living[edit]


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