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Canberra Talent

By Canfan - 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra Talent
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Rollersk8r 4:24 pm
14 Feb 14
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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.

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lobster 6:31 pm
14 Feb 14
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Alex O’Loughlin (sp?) From the new Hawaii Five-0 show was born and grew up in Canberra

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grunge_hippy 7:14 pm
14 Feb 14
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Matthew Le Nevez (Dr Patrick on Offspring…RIP) is also from Canberra.

Wish I knew him when he was…. :(

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Roundhead89 7:37 pm
14 Feb 14
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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.

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lizw 7:54 pm
14 Feb 14
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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.

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Masquara 8:09 pm
14 Feb 14
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Helen Razer

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astrojax 8:40 pm
14 Feb 14
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Masquara said :

Helen Razer

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

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Holditz 9:40 pm
14 Feb 14
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astrojax said :

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

Oh, that’s so rude. :)

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M0les 11:30 pm
14 Feb 14
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George Lazenby?
Mark Weber?

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

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screaming banshee 8:59 am
15 Feb 14
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Holden Caulfield 9:35 am
15 Feb 14
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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

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pptvb 11:22 am
15 Feb 14
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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.

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HiddenDragon 11:39 am
15 Feb 14
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Reading the latest comments on the thread about asbestos (at Dickson) reminded me, sadly, of Lincoln Hall.

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lobster 5:08 pm
15 Feb 14
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These are all the people that IMDB knows of…

Erin McNaught was one I didn’t know of…

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LSWCHP 6:36 pm
15 Feb 14
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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.

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