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Maranoa Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Maranoa

Sir James Blair Hamilton AC, KBE (1934-2021)

Sir James Blair Hamilton was born in Roma, Maranoa, Queensland. He served as the Governor of Tasmania from 1995 to 2003. Sir Hamilton was a highly respected and influential figure in Australian politics, receiving numerous accolades for his services, including a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).

The Hon. Scott Buchholz (1967-present)

Scott Buchholz, a prominent political figure from Maranoa, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives. He has been serving as the Member for Wright since 2010. Buchholz has made notable contributions to the country's political landscape, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and transport.

The Hon. David Jull (1944-2021)

David Jull, born in Roma, Maranoa, Queensland, was a former Australian politician. He served as the Member for Fadden in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 2007. Jull played an active role in various government positions, including Minister for Administrative Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence.

Greg Norman AO (1955-present)

Greg Norman, also known as "The Great White Shark," is a highly accomplished professional golfer who hails from Mount Isa, within the Maranoa region of Queensland. He has won numerous major championships and held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 331 weeks during his career. Norman has since become a successful business entrepreneur, sportscaster, and designer of golf courses.

Rhonda Burchmore OAM (1960-present)

Rhonda Burchmore, a well-known singer, dancer, and actress, was born in Maranoa's Dalby. She has achieved significant success in her career, appearing in various prominent musicals and theatrical productions both in Australia and internationally. Burchmore was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contributions to the performing arts industry.

Professor Ross Grantham AO (1942-present)

Professor Ross Grantham, originating from St George in the Maranoa region, is a well-respected Australian academic. He has made significant contributions to the field of medicine, specializing in nephrology and kidney transplantation. Professor Grantham's remarkable work has earned him the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his service to medical research.

Robert "Bob" Katter Jr. (1945-present)

Bob Katter, born in Cloncurry, Maranoa, is a longstanding Australian politician. He is the leader of the Katter's Australian Party and has been serving as the Member for Kennedy in the House of Representatives since 1993. Katter is known for his strong advocacy for rural and regional Australia.

Patrick White (1912-1990)

While not originally from Maranoa, Patrick White, the renowned Australian writer, spent a significant portion of his childhood in the region. He became the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973 for his exceptional literary works, including novels, plays, and poetry.

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