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By CAA    |   Sunday, 25 April 2021

Andrew Barton Paterson

Andrew Barton Paterson

Banjo (pseudonym) Paterson (1864 to 1941) was a bush poet, journalist and author. His works focused on Australian rural and outback life.

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Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm (1808 to 1877) was a 19th-century humanitarian known for her support of immigrant female and family welfare in the country. She appears on 2 dollars 1966 to 1988 banknotes.


Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence

Author, teacher, journalist, politician, leading suffragist and Georgist, Catherine Helen Spence (1825 to 1910), first political candidate was a minister of religion and social worker. She appears on 5 dollars 2001 banknotes.


Cahrles Edward Kingsford

Charles Edward Kingsford Smith

Pilot for the first flight between Australia and New Zealand, he also was there for the first transpacific flight between United States and Australia. Smith (1897 to 1935) appears on 20 dollars 1966 to 1993 banknotes.


Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore

Writer, poet and journalist, Dame Mary Gilmore (1865 to 1962) was born in New South Wales was also doyenne of the Sydney literary world and made frequent appearances on television and radio.

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Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba (1861 to 1931) was a world famous soprano and was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician.

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David Unaipon

David Unaipon

Aboriginal Australian, Unaipon (1872 to 1967) of the Ngarrindjeri people was a preacher, inventor and author. He helped break many stereotypes.

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Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan

Social reformer for the rights and welfare of women and children, Edith Cowan (1861 to 1932) was to first woman to serve as a member of parliament.

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Francis Howard Greenway

Francis Howard Greenway

This architect was transported to Australia as a convict. He became known and admired for his work on St. Matthew's Church in New South Wales, St. James Church and Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney. Greenway (1777 - 1837) appears on 10 dollars 1966 to 1993 banknotes.


Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson

Lawson (1867 to 1922), nationalist and republican, was also a poet and a writer. He appears on 10 dollars 1966 to 1993 banknotes.


John MacArthur

John MacArthur

Farmer MacArthur (1767 to 1834) is mostly known to be a pioneer of settlement in Australia. He arrived in Sydney in 1790. He appears on 2 dollars 1966 to 1988 banknotes.


John Tebbutt

John Tebbutt

John Tebbutt (1834 to 1916) of Windsor was the first astronomer who discovered the Great Comet of 1861, a comet that was visible to the naked eye for a period of about 3 months. He appears on 100 dollars 1984 to 1996 banknotes.


Lawrence Hargrave

Lawrence Hargrave

Hargrave (1850 to 1915) was an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer. He appears on 20 dollars 1966 to 1993 banknotes.


Lord Howard Walter Florey

Lord Howard Walter Florey

Florey (1898 to 1968) shared the Noble Prize in medicine for his role in the development of penicillin. This pharmacologist and pathologist appears on 50 dollars 1973 to 1975 banknotes.


Mary Reibey

Mary Reibey

Ex-convict, Reibey (1777 to 1855) became a merchant, shipowner and trader, known to be a legendary successful businesswoman in the colony.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

When Elizabeth's father died in February 1952, she became head of the Commonwealth and Queen. She is the longest-reigning British monarch.

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Rev. John Flynn

Rev. John Flynn

John Flynn (1880 to 1951), Presbyterian minister also founded the Inlan Mission (AIM) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, first world air ambulance.

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Sir Douglas Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson

Later professor at the University of Adelaide, Mawson (1882 to 1958) was a geologist, Antarctic explorer and academic. He was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, which began at the end of the 19th century and ended after the First World War. He appears on 100 dollars 1984 to 1996 banknotes.


Sir Henry Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes

Father of Confederation, colonial politician, most commanding figure in Australian politics and internationally known, Parkes (1815 to 1896) was also featured a modern coins. He appears on 5 dollars 2001 banknotes.


Sir Ian Clunies Ross

Sir Ian Clunies Ross

Ian Clunies Ross (1899 to 1959), born in Bathurst, was a veterinary scientist. He appears on 50 dollars 1973 to 1995 banknotes.


Sir John Monash

Sir John Monash

Military commander and later civil engineer, Sir John Monash (1865 to 1931) is considered one of the best allied generals of the First World War and the most famous commander in Australian history. He appears on 100 dollars 1996 to 2019 banknotes.


Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks

English naturalist and botanist, he Advocated British settlement in New South Wales and colonization of Australia. Banks (1743 to 1820) also advised the British government on several Australian matters. Banks appears on 2 dollars 1966 to 1988 banknotes.


William James Farrer

William James Farrer

Agronomist and planter breeder, Farrer (1845 to 1906) appears on 2 dollars 1966 to 1988 banknotes.


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