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Canberra Talent

By 14 February 2014 70

While listening to 666 last week, I was surprised to hear (during a review of the new movie Tracks) that Mia Wasikowska (lead actress in said movie) was born in Canberra. I was so surprised that it got me to thinking about how little I hear about Canberra born and/or raised artists – or anyone making an impact on a Global stage.

Are we not ‘breeding’ this talent or are we just not talking about it?  Or (an option which may well be just as relevant) am I listening and reading in the wrong places…?

During our Centennial year I saw advertisements on TV from Reese Muldoon and another lady who I didn’t know (I have been out of the country for a while so that is in no way to say she has limited relevance) talking about being ‘from Canberra’ and what that meant to them.

I wonder if this is something that can/should go further afield – to inspire us – and our children to great things…

Who are you aware of as a great Canberra born/raised success?

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70 Responses to Canberra Talent
#1
Rollersk8r4:24 pm, 14 Feb 14

It’s a very long list, including both those who are from Canberra and those we claim as our own:

Cricket: Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Michael Bevan. AFL: James Hird, Nathan Buckley, Phil Davis. Basketball: Lauren Jackson, Patty Mills.

Got heaps more, gotta go.

#2
lobster6:31 pm, 14 Feb 14

Alex O’Loughlin (sp?) From the new Hawaii Five-0 show was born and grew up in Canberra

#3
grunge_hippy7:14 pm, 14 Feb 14

Matthew Le Nevez (Dr Patrick on Offspring…RIP) is also from Canberra.

Wish I knew him when he was…. :(

#4
Roundhead897:37 pm, 14 Feb 14

Mick Molloy was born at the old Canberra Hospital. The Church were a Canberra band. Sigrid Thornton was born in Canberra. The music video for Bloke by Chris Franklin (2000) was filmed in Tuggeranong.

#5
lizw7:54 pm, 14 Feb 14

Matthew Reilly and Hayley Jensen are a couple more. We can even lay claim to Jackie Chan. His parents lived here, and he attended Dickson College.

#6
Masquara8:09 pm, 14 Feb 14

Helen Razer

#7
astrojax8:40 pm, 14 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Helen Razer

o, god no; the op asked about ‘talent’…

#8
Holditz9:40 pm, 14 Feb 14

astrojax said :

o, god no; the op asked about ‘talent’…

Oh, that’s so rude. :)

#9
M0les11:30 pm, 14 Feb 14

George Lazenby?
Mark Weber?

(oops, sorry they grew up in QBN and Lazenby was born in Goulburn)

#10
screaming banshee8:59 am, 15 Feb 14

D*A*A*S

#11
Holden Caulfield9:35 am, 15 Feb 14

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

#12
pptvb11:22 am, 15 Feb 14

Holden Caulfield said :

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

#13
HiddenDragon11:39 am, 15 Feb 14

Reading the latest comments on the thread about asbestos (at Dickson) reminded me, sadly, of Lincoln Hall.

#14
lobster5:08 pm, 15 Feb 14

These are all the people that IMDB knows of…

Erin McNaught was one I didn’t know of…

#15
LSWCHP6:36 pm, 15 Feb 14

Not sure if it counts, but Simon Overland, controversial ex Victorian Police Commissioner is from Canberra. I went to school with him…

Mrs LSWCHP has bumped into Ms Wasikowska around town on a number of occasions, and says she is a very pleasant young woman.

#16
Holden Caulfield8:20 pm, 15 Feb 14

pptvb said :

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

Speaking of which, nobody has mentioned Joel Monaghan.

Gee didn’t his career dive after he let a dog give him head.

League players are tops. Thanks for the reminder.

#17
pink little birdie10:58 am, 17 Feb 14

Tim-o-matic is from Canberra (or whatever his name is)

#18
Becmaster782:43 pm, 17 Feb 14

I lived in a group house with Alex O’Loughlin whos real name is Scalthorpe back in 94/95.

#19
padge483:05 pm, 17 Feb 14

Victoria Nicholls from soap opera and quiz shows of the 80s
Sybilla Budd from various also…

#20
curmudgery3:38 pm, 17 Feb 14

There’s me, of course. I just haven’t been ‘discovered’ yet.

#21
voytek37:22 pm, 17 Feb 14

pptvb said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

“AFL” isn’t a sport. Its called Australian rules football. You know – the national game. You compare Aussie Rules to thugby league let me guess? Sorry – only sports that require skill, talent and athleticism count in this list.

#22
Masquara8:16 pm, 17 Feb 14

Rhys Muldoon

#23
dungfungus8:58 am, 18 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Rhys Muldoon

I think Rhys has only ventured out the door of the ABC once to do a series about a small airline on a commercial channel before retreating to the haven of the taxpayer cosseted ABC.
It is hard to have “talent” and “ABC” in the same sentence.

#24
Roundhead899:26 am, 18 Feb 14

voytek3 said :

pptvb said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

“AFL” isn’t a sport. Its called Australian rules football. You know – the national game. You compare Aussie Rules to thugby league let me guess? Sorry – only sports that require skill, talent and athleticism count in this list.

Alex Jesaulenko stayed in the migrant hostel on Capital Hill after arriving in Australia. He played for Eastlake before being discovered by Carlton talent scouts.

#25
dtc10:20 am, 18 Feb 14

grunge_hippy said :

Matthew Le Nevez (Dr Patrick on Offspring…RIP) is also from Canberra.

Wish I knew him when he was…. :(

I played cricket with him when he was – does that count? I can pretend to be a doctor.

Alistair Grierson, who directed Sanctum and Kokoda, is a local. He recently directed Parer’s War, which stars…Mathew Le Nevez

Ben Barrack, who appeared in … Kokoda (and also Neighbours) is from Canberra. But we are getting down to minor talents here.

#26
Grrrr11:07 am, 18 Feb 14

The Falling Joys

#27
Skidd Marx12:15 pm, 18 Feb 14

Steve Kilbey is unarguably the greatest Canberran.

#28
NoImRight1:10 pm, 18 Feb 14

Holden Caulfield said :

pptvb said :

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

Speaking of which, nobody has mentioned Joel Monaghan.

Gee didn’t his career dive after he let a dog give him head.

League players are tops. Thanks for the reminder.

I dont think players of any code have a lot of moral high ground to stand on.

#29
NoImRight1:15 pm, 18 Feb 14

voytek3 said :

pptvb said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

“AFL” isn’t a sport. Its called Australian rules football. You know – the national game. You compare Aussie Rules to thugby league let me guess? Sorry – only sports that require skill, talent and athleticism count in this list.

Surely you can be an AFL player? As in a player in the AFL.

Dont worry about that though, just get back to your pointless aggressive spray. Didnt realise you owned this list jobby.

#30
BelcoMan2:01 pm, 18 Feb 14

NoImRight said :

voytek3 said :

pptvb said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Plenty of Aussie Rules players, including one who provided one of the game’s greatest highlights on its biggest stage… YOU BEAUTY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37MUJbDVF0

Think it’s probably time to disown James HIrd, though, narcissistic prick.

Other lesser lights include Micky Conlon, Shaun Smith, Brett Allison, Aaron Hamill, Justin Blumfield plus a few others and currently Jason Tutt (Bulldogs) along with Josh Bruce and Phil Davis (both GWS).

Claiming Nathan Buckley is a bit rich, though. He was born in Adelaide and spent most of his formative years in SA and NT. A year with Ainslie doesn’t cut it I’m afraid.

If we’re claiming Queanbeyan’s Brad Haddin as our own, may as well add Mark Webber, David Campese, Heather McKay and a bunch of other struggle town greats.

I’m not a huge NRL fan, but have we already forgotten Brad Clyde, Ricky Stuart et al? Similarly, Steven Larkham and his mates?

Can we lay a small claim to Samara Weaving?

Also: http://the-riotact.com/7806/7806

All AFL/VFL players are lesser lights.

“AFL” isn’t a sport. Its called Australian rules football. You know – the national game. You compare Aussie Rules to thugby league let me guess? Sorry – only sports that require skill, talent and athleticism count in this list.

Surely you can be an AFL player? As in a player in the AFL.

Dont worry about that though, just get back to your pointless aggressive spray. Didnt realise you owned this list jobby.

Finally, someone who doesn’t kneel down to Voyteks bullying anti-Canberran diatribe.

The accuracy should be for famous people from the Australian Capital Region to incorporate areas such as Queanbeyan. (It’s closer to Civic than place like Condor or Bonner/Throsby and the like. Surely the positive aspects are drawn from the experiences of the area and not defined by a line across the road somewhere?

Just my 2 bobs worth

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