A Night on Bay View featuring Christine Anu, Claremont, Western Australia
A Night on Bay View featuring Christine Anu, Claremont, Western Australia

LIST GROWS: Famous people you didn't know hail from Rocky

UPDATE: The Morning Bulletin's readers have shared some more names of former Rocky people who have gone on to make a name for themselves on the national and international stage.

There are a few surprises on the list below.

Here are the people nominated on Facebook by our readers:

 

1. Wendy Strehlow. Wendy Strehlow starred in Country Practice nurse Judy Loveday. One of my favourites. (posted by Rosemary Colwell)

wendy strehlow. Photo: Contributed
wendy strehlow. Photo: Contributed

 

2. Frank Forde. We have had a Prime Minister Frank Forde and two Queensland Premiers Vince Gair and William Kidston. Also the writer of the movie "Sunday too far away" John Dingwall and Duncan Armstrong. (posted by Roslyn Svensen)

An exhibition honouring Mitchell born Prime Minister Frank Forde opens in Mitchell tomorrow.
An exhibition honouring Mitchell born Prime Minister Frank Forde opens in Mitchell tomorrow.

 

3. Bevan Slattery.  Bevan Slattery did alright too... worth over a hundred million in 2010 I think... definitely one of the country's most prominent tech entrepreneurs. (posted by Paul Lawrie)

Bevan Slattery. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bevan Slattery. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

 

4. Wayne Blair: No Wayne Robert Blair on this (original) list either. Actor in acclaimed series Redfern Now and directed the highest grossing aussie made film in The Sapphires. (posted by Rick Anderson)

Wayne Blair at the Hamburg Filmfest 2012.
Wayne Blair at the Hamburg Filmfest 2012.

 

5.Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou: Busby/Marou should be there instead of Kevie who is famously from Ipswich. And who didn't know that the original "Rocket Rod" Laver didn't come from Rocky as did "Rocket Rod" Reddy the former St George and Australian champ. (posted by Ian Dall)

WINNING HIT: Jeremy Marou, Borobi the Koala and Tom Busby at the launch of the theme song, Days of Gold, and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot.
WINNING HIT: Jeremy Marou, Borobi the Koala and Tom Busby at the launch of the theme song, Days of Gold, and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot. Contributed

 

6. Kym Ireland: Kym Ireland represented Australia in women's hockey on many occasions. (posted by Roslyn Svensen)

Kym Ireland. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Kym Ireland. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

 

7. Jason Day: No world number 1 golfer Jason Day on this list, incredible! (posted by Andrew Humble)

Jason Day, of Australia, watches his drive down the 10th fairway during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jason Day, of Australia, watches his drive down the 10th fairway during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) Stephen B. Morton

 

8. Christine Anu. Don't forget Christine Anu - spent all her high school years here. (posted by Lisa Anselme)

Christine Anu is visiting Toowoomba this May. Photo Contributed
Christine Anu is visiting Toowoomba this May. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

9. Mick Dittman. Mick Dittman Australian Hall of Fame Jockey from Park Avenue. (posted by Bernadette Bunge)

Mick Dittman at the Barrier Draw luncheon Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Mick Dittman at the Barrier Draw luncheon Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

 

 

EARLIER: PERFORMERS, sports stars and an international model, Rockhampton is home to the rich and famous.

Here are 11 residents who left the Beef Capital to take over the world.

1. Hector Hogan, born in Rockhampton, was a local athlete who competed for Australia in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He won the bronze medal in the 100 metres.

Hector Hogan competing in the Olympics.
Hector Hogan competing in the Olympics.

2. Rod Laver is an Australian former tennis player who was the No1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970. In 2000, Centre Court at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne was renamed Rod Laver Arena.

Rod Laver in Rockhampton.
Rod Laver in Rockhampton. Sharyn O'Neill

 

3. Kevin Walters used to run on the local rugby league fields in Rockhampton before becoming a professional rugby league player. He played for the Australian Kangaroos, Queensland Maroons and the Brisbane Broncos.  Last year he was appointed head coach of the Queensland State of Origin team.

Kevin Walters
Kevin Walters QRL Media

4. Leanne Benjamin is a former Australian ballet dancer who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London. The professional dancer began ballet lessons at the Jan Moore School of Dance in Rockhampton at age four.

Leanne Benjamin
Leanne Benjamin

5. Karl Stefanovic, former Rocky WIN News reporter, has gone a long way since his days as a young journalist in the Beef Capital. Karl, who is now a co-host of Nine Network's Today show, lived in Rockhampton after completing his university degree.

Karl Stefanovic.
Karl Stefanovic.

6. Kerrie and Anna Meares former CQ cyclists Kerry and Anna have made the region proud with their careers as Australian professional racing cyclists. Both women have represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. There are now two streets in Gracemere named after the sisters, Anna Meares Ave and Kerrie Meares Cres.

Anna and Kerrie Meares.
Anna and Kerrie Meares. Adam Hourigan

 

7. Mark Knowles is best known for his talents with a hockey stick after the local player became a pro.  He played for the Queensland Blades in the Australian Hockey League and the Australian men's national team. He won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2014 World Cup, the 2005 and 2012 Champions Trophy. 

Mark Knowles.
Mark Knowles. Chris Ison

8. Jamie Dwyer is also a proud Rockhampton local. The hockey player has played over 350 matches for Australia and scored over 220 goals. He has represented Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics  where he won gold. He also represented Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and numerous Hockey World Cups.

Jamie Dwyer.
Jamie Dwyer. Chris Ison

9. Gretel Scarlett was born in Rockhampton and started dancing locally at age four. She's now a well-known Australian actress and performer. One of her biggest roles has been playing Sandy in the hit production Grease the Musical.  

Gretel Scarlett.
Gretel Scarlett. Kurt Sneddon

10. Lydia Hunt started her catwalk career on the local runways in Rockhampton before signing contracts all over the world. The international model has worked in Japan, Paris and New York. She has walked in New York Fashion Week a number of times and was the face of Burberry's Blue Label.

Lydia Hunt in New York.
Lydia Hunt in New York. Sally Lapointe

11. Cameron Munster is one of Rocky's most recent stars after landing a position in the Melbourne Storm NRL team. The young footballer attended Emmaus College and played with the Central Queensland Capras before being signed to Melbourne Storm. In 2013, he won the Queensland Cup Rookie of the Year award.

Cameron Munster.
Cameron Munster. Allan Reinikka


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