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List of Australian of the Year Award recipients

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The Australian of the Year Award is given annually on Australia Day. The announcement of the award has become a major public event in Australia, and is televised nationwide. The award "offers an insight into Australian identity, reflecting the nation's evolving relationship with world, the role of sport in Australian culture, the impact of multiculturalism, and the special status of Australia's Indigenous people".[1] The award is unique in that it is sponsored by a national government and commands broad public support.

The following is a list of the recipients of the Australian of the Year award.[2][3]

Year of
Name Post
Born Died Comments
1960 Sir Burnet, MacfarlaneMacfarlane Burnet OM 1899 1985 Virologist; 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine co-recipient
1961 Sutherland, JoanJoan Sutherland CBE 1926 2010 Opera singer
1962 Sturrock, JockJock Sturrock 1915 1997 Yachtsman
1963 Sir Eccles, JohnJohn Eccles 1903 1997 Neurophysiologist; 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine co-recipient
1964 Fraser, DawnDawn Fraser 1937 Swimmer; gold medal winner at 1956, 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympic Games
1965 Helpmann, RobertRobert Helpmann CBE 1909 1986 Actor; ballet dancer; director
1966 Brabham, JackJack Brabham OBE 1926 2014 Racing driver; Formula One champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966
1967 Seekers, TheThe Seekers N/A Music group
1968 Rose, LionelLionel Rose MBE 1948 2011 Boxer; first Aboriginal Australian to win world boxing title (1968)
1969 Casey, LordLord Casey GCMG, CH, DSO, MC, PC 1890 1976 Politician, diplomat, Governor-General of Australia (1965–1969)
1970 Cardinal Sir Gilroy, NormanNorman Gilroy KBE 1896 1977 Clergyman; first Australian-born Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
1971 Goolagong, EvonneEvonne Goolagong 1951 Tennis player
1972 Gould, ShaneShane Gould 1956 Swimmer; winner of three gold medals, a silver and bronze in 1972 Summer Olympics
1973 White, PatrickPatrick White 1912 1990 Author; 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient
1974 Sir Heinze, BernardBernard Heinze 1894 1982 Conductor
1975 Cornforth, JohnJohn Cornforth AC, CBE 1917 2013 Scientist; 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient
MAJGEN Stretton, AlanAlan Stretton AO, CBE 1922 2012 Australian Army officer; managed Cyclone Tracy cleanup
1976 LTCOL Sir Dunlop, EdwardEdward "Weary" Dunlop CMG, OBE 1907 1993 Military surgeon; World War II prisoner of war
1977 Roe, RaighRaigh Roe CBE 1922 2014 President of the Country Women's Association
Sir Tyrrell, MurrayMurray Tyrrell KCVO, CBE 1913 1994 Official Secretary to six Governors-General
1978 Bond, AlanAlan Bond 1938 2015 Businessman
Yunupingu, GalarrwuyGalarrwuy Yunupingu 1948 Native title activist
1979 Bonner, NevilleNeville Bonner 1922 1999 First Aboriginal elected to the Parliament of Australia
Butler, HarryHarry Butler OBE 1930 2015 Naturalist
1980 Clark, ManningManning Clark AC 1915 1991 Historian
1981 Sir Crawford, JohnJohn Crawford 1910 1984 Economist
1982 Sir Williams, EdwardEdward Williams KCMG, KBE, QC 1921 1999 Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland; chairman of the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games Foundation
1983 de Castella, RobertRobert de Castella MBE 1957 Marathon runner
1984 O'Donoghue, LowitjaLowitja O'Donoghue CBE 1932 Aboriginal health worker; inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990–1996)
1985 Hogan, PaulPaul Hogan 1939 Actor
1986 Smith, DickDick Smith 1944 Entrepreneur
1987 Farnham, JohnJohn Farnham AO 1949 Singer, entertainer
1988 Cottee, KayKay Cottee AO 1954 First female sailor to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world (1988)
1989 Border, AllanAllan Border AO 1955 Australian cricket team captain
1990 Hollows, FredFred Hollows 1921 1993 Ophthalmologist; founder of The Fred Hollows Foundation
1991 Hollingworth, PeterPeter Hollingworth AC, OBE 1935 Bishop; head, Brotherhood of St. Lawrence; Governor General
1992 Yunupingu, MandawuyMandawuy Yunupingu 1956 2013 Singer, Yothu Yindi
1993 No award made: award dating system changed
1994 Kiernan, IanIan Kiernan OAM 1940 Environmentalist; founder of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World
1995 Boyd, ArthurArthur Boyd AC, OBE 1920 1999 Painter
1996 Yu, JohnJohn Yu AM 1934 Paediatrician
1997 Doherty, PeterPeter Doherty AC 1940 Veterinarian; immunologist; 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine recipient
1998 Freeman, CathyCathy Freeman 1973 Athlete; also Young Australian of the Year in 1990
1999 Taylor, MarkMark Taylor AO 1964 Australian cricket team captain
2000 Sir Nossal, GustavGustav Nossal AC, CBE 1931 Biologist
2001 LTGEN Cosgrove, PeterPeter Cosgrove AC, MC 1947
2002 Rafter, PatPat Rafter 1972 Tennis player
2003 Stanley, FionaFiona Stanley AC 1946 Epidemiologist
2004 Waugh, SteveSteve Waugh AO 1965 Australian cricket team captain and humanitarian
2005 Wood, FionaFiona Wood AM 1958 Plastic surgeon; worked with victims of the 2002 Bali bombings
2006 Frazer, IanIan Frazer 1953 Immunologist
2007 Flannery, TimTim Flannery 1956 Scientist; global warming activist
2008 Kernaghan, LeeLee Kernaghan OAM 1964 Singer
2009 Dodson, MickMick Dodson AM 1950 Indigenous leader
2010 McGorry, PatrickPatrick McGorry AO 1953 Psychiatrist[4]
2011 McKeon, SimonSimon McKeon AO 1955 Philanthropist businessman[5]
2012 Rush, GeoffreyGeoffrey Rush 1951 Australian actor and film producer[6]
2013 Buttrose, ItaIta Buttrose AO, OBE 1942 Australian journalist and businesswoman, founding editor of Cleo[7]
2014 Goodes, AdamAdam Goodes 1980 Australian rules footballer and indigenous community leader
2015 Batty, RosieRosie Batty 1962 Domestic violence campaigner[8]
2016 LTGEN Morrison, DavidDavid Morrison AO 1956 Commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion[9]
2017 Mackay-Sim, AlanAlan Mackay-Sim 1951 Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries
Plaque for the 1971 recipient Evonne Goolagong on the Australians of the Year Walk

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