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Cootamundra Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Cootamundra

Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman, born on August 27, 1908, in Cootamundra, New South Wales, is widely regarded as the greatest cricketer of all time. He achieved remarkable batting records and statistical achievements throughout his career. Bradman scored a career batting average of 99.94, the highest in the history of Test cricket. He represented Australia in 52 test matches and captained the team in 24 of those. Bradman's contribution to Australian cricket is unparalleled, and he is considered a national hero.

Jackie Howe

Jackie Howe, born on May 19, 1861, in Cootamundra, was an Australian sheep shearer who became a legendary figure in the industry. Howe gained fame by setting a world record in 1892 by shearing 321 sheep in just 7 hours and 40 minutes. He revolutionized shearing techniques and introduced new tools, greatly increasing efficiency. Jackie Howe's record remained unbroken for many years and his legacy had a lasting impact on the shearing profession.

John O'Grady, aka "Nino Culotta"

John O'Grady, born on 3 June 1907 in Cootamundra, was an Australian author under the pseudonym "Nino Culotta." He gained international recognition with his book "They're a Weird Mob" published in 1957. The book humorously explores the experiences of an Italian migrant in Australia, offering insights into Australian culture and language. O'Grady's work played a significant role in breaking cultural barriers and fostering understanding between different communities.

Marie Byles

Marie Byles, born on 8 April 1900 in Cootamundra, was an accomplished Australian solicitor, author, and feminist. She became the first female solicitor in New South Wales in 1924. Byles contributed to the advancement of women's rights and environmental conservation efforts. Her passion for the outdoors led her to explore various wilderness areas in Australia, and she played a key role in establishing the National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales.

Bruce Hartwig

Bruce Hartwig, born on 12 December 1941 in Cootamundra, is an Australian former rugby league player. He achieved success with the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition during the 1960s. Hartwig represented New South Wales and played 21 games for Australia. He made significant contributions to the sport and left a lasting impact on the rugby league community.

Richard Neville

Richard Neville, born on 15 December 1941 in Cootamundra, was an Australian author, journalist, and political commentator. He was a prominent figure in the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Neville co-founded the influential magazine "Oz" and was involved in various forms of social activism. His work challenged social norms and promoted progressive ideas during a transformative era in Australian history.

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