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200 Significant Australians

200 Significant Australians

The White Hat Guide to

200 Significant Australians

Anywhere in the world, if you ask a person who is intelligent and informed to name some significant Australians who have made a difference to the world, they are likely to name a number of scientists, medical researchers and inventors. These are areas in which Australia has excelled and this is demonstrated by the fact that Australia has produced a remarkable number of  Nobel Prize winners for its small population. Even those who are not particularly intelligent or informed will probably be able to point out Australia's achievement in sport and light entertainment and mention a number of names. Not bad for a country of 20 million people. And even though our writers, painters and other creative artists have not had the same impact on the world stage as our scientists, they have still been important in forging a sense of place and identity for Australians.

White Hat set ourselves the task of choosing 200 Significant Australians. What follows is the result.

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Pioneers & explorers

See also Douglas Mawson (geologist), Dick Smith (businessman)

Inventors & Engineers

  • John Bradfield (engineer) and designer of one of Australia's most recognisable structures.

  • Sir Edward Hallstrom (inventor., manufacturer, philanthropist) and the bringer of practical refrigeration to the outback.

  • William Hudson (engineer)

  • H. V. McKay (inventor, entrepreneur, businessman) whose invention was the basis for a major manufacturing enterprise.

  • Sir John Monash (soldier, administrator, engineer) regarded during his lifetime as the 'greatest living Australian'.

See also Pro Hart and Australian inventors & invnventions


Science, mathematics & medicine

See also Shirley Strickland Delahunty (athlete, scientist) and Harry Messel (physicist, educator)

Business & philanthropy

Also see David Bussau (businessman, social achiever)



See also Australian Prime Ministers

Other social achievers


  • Peter Singer (philosopher, ethicist, activist) whose work has created both world renown and controversy..

  • Jack Smart (philosopher)

Also see Sir John Eccles (neurophysiologist, philosopher, Nobel Laureate) and  Mr Eternity (social achiever)


Also see Robert Hughes (writer, art critic)



Also see Ned Kelly (bushranger)

Theatre & film

Music & Opera



Also see Adam Lindsay Gordon


Also see Sir John Monash.and Banjo Paterson.


Also see Kerry Packer, Rupert Murdoch


  • Peter Allen (entertainer, songwriter)

  • Robyn Archer (performer)

  • Slim Dusty (singer)

  • John Farnham (singer)

  • Florrie Forde (popular entertainer and singer) probably Australia's most successful popular singer ever who became one of the best loved music hall entertainers in the world.

  • Clive James (polymath)

  • Graham Kennedy (entertainer)

  • Kylie Minogue (singer, actress, marketer) - although her talents as a singer and actress may not  be of the highest class she has recognized how to skillfully market her image as a total package and as such has proved herself a consummate business woman

  • Roy Rene ('Mo') (comedian)

Infamous Australians

See also:

Some forthcoming events related to 200 Significant Australians:

Touring Exhibition : Zelman Cowen - A Life of Opportunity and Success

A Life of Opportunity and Success takes a look at Sir Zelman Cowen’s (one of White Hat's 200 Significant Australians) journey from young law student to the Australian statesmen and public intellectual we remember him as today. The exhibition includes artefacts, personal memorabilia and an interactive timeline with photographs and films.

The exhibition will first tour campuses of Victoria University from May to early August, before its official launch on 13 August 2019 by the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honorable Linda Dessau AC, at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Dates and venues:

  • 15 May – 14 June: Victoria University, City Queen Campus, Law Library
  • 17 June – 19 July: Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Library
  • 22 July – 6 August:  MetroWest Gallery, Footscray
  • 8 August – 25 August: Jewish Museum of Australia
  • 13 August: Jewish Museum of Australia – Launch by Her Excellency the Honorable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
  • 29 August – 31 August: Victoria University, City Flinders Campus, Level 12 (part of the Sir Zelman Cowen oration & symposium)
  • 2 September – 30 September: Victoria University, City Flinders Campus
  • 1 October – 31 October: The Supreme Court Library

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Alfred Deakin: Creating a Nation Exhibition

Frederick McCubbin, The Hon Alfred Deakin (detail), 1914

This exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of Alfred Deakin, the first Attorney General and the second Prime Minister of Australia, and one of the founding fathers of Australian nationhood. It features significant documents and objects that explore Deakin’s life and his pivotal role in establishing the Commonwealth of Australia and in the drafting of a national constitution.

Alfred Deakin was chosen as one of White Hat's 200 Significant Australians.

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