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Holroyd Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Holroyd

1. Judith Durham

Judith Durham is an Australian singer-songwriter born in Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria. She spent a part of her childhood in Holroyd, New South Wales. Durham is best known as the lead vocalist of the Australian folk group "The Seekers." She enjoyed tremendous success with the band in the 1960s, and they became the first Australian group to achieve significant international success.

2. Merril Bainbridge

Merril Bainbridge is an Australian pop singer-songwriter born in Melbourne, Victoria. She resided in the Holroyd region for some time. Bainbridge gained worldwide recognition with her hit single "Mouth" in 1994, which reached the top 10 in several countries, including Australia and the United States. She released two successful albums before taking a hiatus from the music industry.

3. Peter Starkie

Peter Starkie is an Australian musician and actor from Holroyd, New South Wales. He is best known as a co-founder and guitarist for the 1970s rock band Skyhooks. The band achieved significant success in Australia with their debut album "Living in the 70's," which became the highest-selling Australian album at the time.

4. Bob Carr

Bob Carr is an Australian politician and author who was born in Matraville, New South Wales. While not directly from Holroyd, he has strong associations with the area. Carr served as the Premier of New South Wales from 1995 to 2005 and later became Australia's longest-serving Foreign Minister from 2012 to 2013. He is also known for his environmental activism and contributions to public policy.

5. Chrissie Swan

Chrissie Swan is an Australian television and radio personality born in Melbourne, Victoria. Swan spent a part of her childhood in the Holroyd region. She gained fame as a contestant on the reality TV show "Big Brother" in 2003. Since then, she has become a prominent television presenter and radio host, known for her humorous and relatable style.

6. Wendy Tuck

Wendy Tuck is an Australian yachtsman and sailing instructor hailing from Holroyd, New South Wales. She made history by becoming the first female skipper to win a round-the-world yacht race in the 2017-2018 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Tuck's sailing achievements have garnered her international recognition and admiration in the yachting community.

7. Tony Kennedy

Tony Kennedy is an Australian former rugby league footballer who was born in Holroyd, New South Wales. He played in the National Rugby League (NRL) as a prop for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Western Suburbs Magpies. Kennedy was highly regarded for his powerful playing style and represented New South Wales in State of Origin matches.

8. Ricky Stuart

Ricky Stuart is an Australian former rugby league footballer and current coach, born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He has strong associations with Holroyd through his coaching career. Stuart played as a halfback, winning multiple premierships with the Canberra Raiders in the 1980s and 1990s. He later transitioned to coaching and achieved success with various NRL teams, including the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders.

9. James Chen

James Chen is an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Holroyd, New South Wales. He is the founder and CEO of the technology company Goodix, which specializes in human-interface and biometric technologies. Chen's contributions to the industry have earned him recognition as an influential figure in the global tech community.

10. George Mallaby

George Mallaby was an Australian actor born in Hartlepool, England but later moved to Australia. He spent a significant part of his life living in the Holroyd region. Mallaby had a prosperous acting career, starring in various Australian television series and films. He is best remembered for his role as Detective Steve York in the popular TV series "Division 4." Mallaby's talent and dedication contributed to the growth of Australian television and film industry during the 1970s.

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