The Sapphire Coast Who's Who
Distinguished and Famous people from The Sapphire Coast
1. Maurice Blackburn (1880-1944)
Maurice Blackburn was an Australian lawyer and politician born in Bermagui, a town located on the Sapphire Coast. He founded the Australian Labor Party and was a member of the House of Representatives from 1943 until his death in 1944.
2. David Hoyle (born 1944)
David Hoyle is an acclaimed Australian visual artist and sculptor born in Bega, a town situated on the Sapphire Coast. His works have been exhibited internationally and he is known for his innovative use of materials and exploration of themes related to nature and the environment.
3. Tania Major (born 1984)
Tania Major is an Indigenous Australian leader and social activist from Eden, a coastal town on the Sapphire Coast. She became the youngest member ever appointed to the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation at the age of 17. Major has championed various causes, particularly focused on education and empowerment of Indigenous communities.
4. Chris Waller (born 1973)
Chris Waller is a highly successful Australian horse trainer originally from Foxground, a small locality on the Sapphire Coast. He is known for training some of Australia's top racehorses, including the legendary Winx who won a record-breaking four consecutive Cox Plates from 2015 to 2018.
5. Jean Isobel Baird (1917-2007)
Jean Isobel Baird, often known as Jean Batten, was a pioneering aviator born in Rotorua, New Zealand. However, she spent a significant part of her life in Merimbula, a town on the Sapphire Coast. Batten set numerous aviation records, including being the first woman ever to fly solo from England to New Zealand in 1936.
6. Robyn Davidson (born 1950)
Robyn Davidson is an Australian writer and traveler who lived in Tilba Tilba, a historic village located near the Sapphire Coast. She gained worldwide recognition for her memoir "Tracks" published in 1980, which documents her nine-month solo trek across the Australian Outback.
7. Richard Roxburgh (born 1962)
Richard Roxburgh is an accomplished Australian actor hailing from Albury, a city situated within the region of the Sapphire Coast. He has appeared in numerous film and television productions, including his critically acclaimed role as Sherlock Holmes in the 2002 film "The Hound of the Baskervilles".