Holdfast Bay Who's Who
Distinguished and Famous people from Holdfast Bay
1. Julia Gillard (1961-)
Julia Gillard is an Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013. Born in Barry, Wales, she migrated with her family to Adelaide, South Australia and grew up in the suburb of Mitcham, which falls under the region of Holdfast Bay. Gillard became the first female Prime Minister of Australia and made significant contributions in education reform and carbon pricing.
2. Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958)
Sir Douglas Mawson was an Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer, and academic. He was born in Shipley, Yorkshire, England, but later moved to Adelaide, South Australia. Mawson was a leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) and made several important scientific discoveries. He played a crucial role in the exploration and mapping of Antarctica, becoming one of the most famous polar explorers of his time.
3. Sir Mark Oliphant (1901-2000)
Sir Mark Oliphant was an Australian physicist and humanitarian. He was born in Kent Town, South Australia, which is part of Holdfast Bay. Oliphant made significant contributions to the field of nuclear physics and worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Later in his career, he became the Governor of South Australia and contributed extensively to nuclear disarmament efforts.
4. Marie Bashir (1930-)
Marie Bashir is an Australian psychiatrist and academic. She was born in Narrandera, New South Wales, but spent several formative years in Glenelg, a coastal suburb within Holdfast Bay. Bashir became the first woman to hold the position of Governor of New South Wales, serving from 2001 to 2014. She has made significant contributions in mental health research and advocacy throughout her career.
5. Keith Conlon (1943-)
Keith Conlon is an Australian radio and television presenter, as well as a historian and author. He was born and raised in Holdfast Bay, South Australia, and has a deep connection to the region's history. Conlon has contributed extensively to the preservation and promotion of local history and cultural heritage through his media work and various publications.