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Charles Sturt Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Charles Sturt

1. Sir Mark Oliphant

Sir Marcus Laurence Elwin "Mark" Oliphant, AC, KBE, FRS (1901-2000) was an Australian physicist and humanitarian. Born in Kent Town, within the boundaries of the current Charles Sturt region, Oliphant made significant contributions to the field of nuclear physics and played a crucial role in the Manhattan Project during World War II. His work led to the development of atomic bombs. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and honors for his scientific achievements and served as the Governor of South Australia from 1971 to 1976.

2. Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) was a prominent Australian author, journalist, and suffragette. She was born in Melrose, which is now part of the Charles Sturt region. Spence is considered Australia's first female political candidate and played a vital role in advocating for women's rights, education, and social reform. She was a prolific writer and her works, including novels and newspaper articles, contributed significantly to the development of Australian literature.

3. Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes (born 1980) is a former Australian rules football player and advocate for Indigenous rights. He was born in Wallaroo, which is also located within the Charles Sturt region. Goodes had a successful career in the Australian Football League (AFL), playing for the Sydney Swans. He won two Brownlow Medals, which are awarded to the best and fairest player in the league, and was named Australian of the Year in 2014. Goodes actively used his platform to raise awareness about Indigenous issues and has been an influential figure in promoting inclusivity and equality.

4. Shirley Strickland

Shirley Strickland (1925-2004) was an Australian athlete and multiple Olympic gold medalist. Born in the suburb of Woodville, now part of Charles Sturt, Strickland specialized in sprint and hurdling events. She participated in three consecutive Olympic Games from 1948 to 1956 and won a total of seven Olympic medals, including three gold medals. Strickland made significant contributions to Australian athletics and became an icon for female athletes in the country.

5. Enid Lyons

Dame Enid Muriel Lyons (1897-1981) was an Australian politician and the first woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives. She was born in Smithton, Tasmania, but later moved to Semaphore in the Charles Sturt region. Lyons played an active role in politics, advocating for women's rights and social reform. She held several ministerial positions during her career and left a lasting impact on Australian politics.

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