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Grafton Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Grafton

1. Sir Dudley de Chair (1873 - 1958)

Sir Dudley de Chair was a prominent Australian soldier and public servant. He was born in Grafton and served as the Governor of Tasmania from 1930 to 1935. He also served in World War I, where he commanded the 1st Light Horse Brigade.

2. Don Nix (born 1941)

Don Nix is an accomplished musician, songwriter, and author. He was born in Grafton and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Eric Clapton and Isaac Hayes. Nix is best known for his work in the soul and blues genres.

3. Bert Hinkler (1892 - 1933)

Bert Hinkler was an Australian aviation pioneer born in Bundaberg, Queensland, but spent much of his childhood in Grafton. He became the first person to fly solo from England to Australia in 1928. Hinkler's accomplishments in aviation made him a prominent figure in the early days of flight.

4. Janelle Bloom (born 1970)

Janelle Bloom is a renowned Australian celebrity chef and author. She was born in Grafton and has appeared in various cooking programs, including Ready Steady Cook and Good Morning Australia. Bloom has also authored several successful cookbooks.

5. Adam Gilchrist (born 1971)

Adam Gilchrist is a former international cricketer who represented Australia. He was born in Bellingen, near Grafton, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of cricket. Gilchrist's exceptional career includes multiple records and accolades.

6. Molly O'Brien (1914 - 2014)

Molly O'Brien was an Australian artist known for her contribution to the contemporary art scene. She was born in Grafton and specialized in landscape and portrait paintings. O'Brien's works have been exhibited in various galleries across Australia.

7. Paddy Coote (1933 - 2018)

Paddy Coote was an Australian rugby league footballer who played as a fullback or wing. He was born in Grafton and had an illustrious career, representing New South Wales and Australia in numerous matches. Coote was known for his speed and agility on the field.

8. Jon Bellion (born 1990)

Jon Bellion is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Although born in New York, he moved to Grafton in his early years and considers it a significant part of his upbringing. Bellion has achieved success in the music industry with hits like "All Time Low" and collaborations with popular artists.

9. Sarah Lawrence (born 1961)

Sarah Lawrence is an Australian Paralympic athlete who has excelled in distance running events. She was born and raised in Grafton and has represented Australia in multiple Paralympic Games. Lawrence has won numerous medals and set records in her illustrious career.

10. Harry 'George' Lawrence (1901 - 1990)

Harry 'George' Lawrence was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He was born in Grafton and represented the parliamentary seat of Clarence from 1959 to 1973. Lawrence was known for his advocacy for rural and regional issues.

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Grafton Bridge over the Clarence River