Home' Hunter Its People : June 2010 Contents 14 THE HERALD Thursday, June 24, 2010
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS
it all starts here...
Hunter Valley Grammar School was built on an
idea to provide a quality, non-denominational
and co-educational school for Hunter families.
Today the School is considered a premier
school in the region.
The School has experienced great success in
accademic outcomes, HSC results, sporting
and cultural endeavours and provides
opportunities for all its students to exceed their
The Preschool to Year 12 campus allows
students to enjoy a seamless learning
environment in a warm, family style
atmosphere. Enquiries to join the Hunter
Valley Grammar School community are
Norfolk St Ashton eld NSW 2323
P 4934 2444 F 4934 2404
IF you are looking for a list of people who
have helped shape Australian society, Who's
Who In Australia is a good place to start.
People are included in Who's Who if they have
significantly contributed to Australian life on a national
or international level, and it's no surprise to find plenty of
Hunter people among its more than 13,000 biographies of
There are probably hundreds of Hunter people in Who's
A birthplace check on just the towns of Newcastle,
Charlestown, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Raymond
Terrace, Singleton, Gloucester, Muswellbrook and Dungog
returned more than 125 names, and that's just people born
in those townships.
From great beauties like Jennifer Hawkins to great
sportsmen like Andrew Johns, great Australians like present
Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry to great actresses like
Susie Porter and Sarah Wynter, Hunter identities stand with
other icons of the nation in the book's all-star cast.
Although Ireland-born and now living in Melbourne,
Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry is a former
student of Newcastle Boys High and Newcastle University and
began his psychiatric career at Royal Newcastle Hospital.
Professor McGorry still has strong ties to the area
and visits regularly, and has described the former Royal
Newcastle Hospital as ''the best hospital I have ever seen or
worked in; it was just an amazing place''.
The mental health expert is the executive director of
Orygen Youth Health and director of the National Youth
Mental Health Foundation.
Professor McGorry won the Australian of the Year award
for his work in advocating for the early intervention for
young people with mental health problems.
Two of Australia's greatest living artists, John Olsen and
Margaret Olley, are also listed in Who's Who.
Olsen was born in Newcastle in 1928, won the Archibald
Prize once and the Wynne Prize twice and is the first living
Australian artist to sell a single work for more than $1
million -- Love In The Kitchen selling for $1.093 million in
2006. He is also known for his You Beaut Country series of
paintings and The Salute to Five Bells, which he did for the
Sydney Opera House.
Margaret Olley, named an Australian living national
treasure by the National Trust in 1997, lived in Newcastle
around 1970, buying her first house in the city and saying
she fell in love with the place the moment she stepped off a
train in 1964 to visit Anne von Bertouch.
When it comes to entertainment, it is almost a matter of
who does not have a Hunter connection as Hunter stars
stand astride theatre, film, dance and music.
Newcastle-born Dein Perry is an award-winning actor,
dancer and choreographer best known for his work with
Tap Dogs, which won more than 10 international theatre
awards. He directed the movie Bootmen, which won five AFI
awards, choreographed the final segment of the opening
ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney, has been
choreographer and dancer in numerous stage plays and
has won dozens of awards around the world.
Both Susie Porter and Sarah Wynter are Newcastle-born
actresses who have found success both nationally and
internationally, while Miranda Otto is Newcastle-bred and
attended Newcastle High.
Wynter has appeared in the hit television series 24 and Sex
and the City and such movies as Three Dollars, Species 11 and
The 6th Day, starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Silver Logie and AFI winner Porter's films include
Caterpillar Wish, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Bootmen, Better
Than Sex, Paradise Road and many others, while television
credits include East West 101, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, The
THE HUNTER ...
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