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Australian National Living Treasure

The Title of National Living Treasure is given to a person when they accomplish an outstanding achievement, swelling the country's consciousness with admiration, pride and acknowledgement.

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The first List was created in 1997 by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Over the years the list has changed as people pass away and new ones are added. In 2012 the 7 openings that became available because of the passing of previously listed Australians were finally filled.

Why does the list only have 85? After the selection of new names, 15 of those listed passed away leaving us with 85. See also Australian National Living Treasures - Deceased, formerly on the list

The following list is in alphabetical order

  Name A little bit about them . . .
Current National Living Treasures
1. Phillip Adams Australian humanist, social commentator
2. Marie Bashir Governor of New South Wales, professor
3. John Bell Australian actor
4. Geoffrey Blainey Australian professor, historian
5. Raelene Boyle Australian Olympic runner, sports commentator
6. Father Frank Brennan Australian social commentator
7. Bob Brown Australian politician, Australian Greens activist
8. Julian Burnside Australian barrister, refugee rights advocate, author
9. Don Burrows Australian musician
10. Reverend Tim Costello Australian social activist, commentator
11. Reverend Bill Crews Australian social activist
12. Russell Crowe Australian actor
13. Judy Davis Australian actress
14. William Deane Australian High Court judge and Governor-General of Australia
15. Ernie Dingo Indigenous Australian television personality
16. Mick Dodson Indigenous Australian leader
17. Pat Dodson Indigenous Australian activist/leader
18. Peter Doherty Australian immunologist, professor, Nobel Prize winner
19. Ted Egan Australian musician, activist, administrator
20. Herb Elliott Australian Olympic runner
21. John Farnham Australian entertainer
22. Dawn Fraser Australian Olympic swimmer, former politician
23. Ian Frazer Australian scientist, creator of cervical cancer vaccine
24. Cathy Freeman Indigenous Australian sportsperson, Olympic runner
25. Peter Garrett Australian politician, singer and social activist
26. Jennie George ACTU trade union leader, politician
27. Evonne Goolagong Cawley Indigenous Australian tennis player
28. Shane Gould Australian Olympic swimmer
29. Germaine Greer Australian writer, social activist
30. Catherine Hamlin Australian physician
31. John Hatton Australian independent NSW politician
32. Rt Revd Peter Hollingworth Governor-General of Australia
33. Gabi Hollows Australian social activist, philanthropist
34. Janet Holmes Court Australian business leader, philanthropist
35. John Howard Prime Minister of Australia
36. Barry Humphries Australian entertainer
37. Barry Jones Australian politician, author
38. Caroline Jones Australian television personality, social commentator
39. Paul Keating Prime Minister of Australia
40. Thomas Keneally Australian writer
41. Cheryl Kernot Australian politician
42. Nicole Kidman Australian actress
43. Justice Michael Kirby Australian lawyer, judge, social commentator
44. Karl Kruszelnicki Australian scientist, author, media personality
45. John Landy Australian Olympic athlete, Governor of Victoria
46. Rod Laver Australian tennis player, businessman
47. Michael Leunig Australian cartoonist, social commentator
48. David Malouf Australian novelist
49. Garry McDonald Australian actor
50. Walter Mikac Australian survivors' advocate
51. Kylie Minogue Australian singer, actress
52. Jack Mundey Australian trade union leader
53. Graeme Murphy Australian dancer, choreographer
54. John Newcombe Australian tennis player, television commentator
55. Olivia Newton-John Australian singer, actress
56. Greg Norman Australian golfer, businessman
57. Sir Gustav Nossal Australian scientist, administrator
58. Lowitja O'Donoghue Indigenous Australian leader
59. Pat O'Shane Indigenous Australian leader, magistrate
60. Clive Palmer Australian mining magnate
61. Mary Paton Australian founder of the Nursing Mothers' Association
62. Noel Pearson Indigenous Australian leader
63. Kieren Perkins Australian Olympic swimmer, television commentator
64. Pat Rafter Australian tennis player
65. Henry Reynolds Australian historian
66. Ken Rosewall Australian tennis player
67. Dick Smith Australian businessman, social commentator
68. Fiona Stanley Australian physician
69. Richard Tognetti Australian violinist and conductor
70. Anthony Warlow Australian singer
71. Gai Waterhouse Australian racehorse trainer
72. Steve Waugh Australian cricketer
73. Robyn Williams Australian science broadcaster
74. David Williamson Australian playwright
75. Tim Winton Australian novelist
76. Fiona Wood Australian physician
77. Roger Woodward Australian pianist
78. John Yu Australian medical doctor
79. Galarrwuy Yunupingu Indigenous Australian leader

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