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Nambucca Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Nambucca

Nambucca, located in the northern region of New South Wales, Australia, has been home to several distinguished and famous individuals throughout history. Here are some notable figures associated with this area:

1. Greg Inglis (born 1987)

Greg Inglis is a former professional rugby league player who was born in Kempsey, New South Wales, which is near Nambucca. Inglis played for the Melbourne Storm and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League (NRL), as well as the Queensland Maroons in the State of Origin series and the Australian national team.

2. John Bromell (1941-2014)

John Bromell was an Australian visual artist born in Nambucca, New South Wales. He was renowned for his unique style and works which often explored the connection between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous cultures. Bromell's artworks have been featured in numerous exhibitions both in Australia and internationally.

3. Gary Foley (born 1957)

Gary Foley is an Indigenous Australian activist, academic, and actor hailing from Nambucca. He has played a vital role in advocating for the rights of Aboriginal people and has been involved in various civil rights campaigns throughout his life. Foley has also contributed significantly to academia, particularly in the field of Indigenous studies.

4. Casey Donovan (born 1988)

Casey Donovan is an Australian singer-songwriter of Indigenous heritage who was born in Blaenau Gwent, Wales, United Kingdom. She grew up in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales, and gained national recognition after winning the second season of Australian Idol in 2004. Donovan has since released multiple successful albums and continues to be a prominent figure in the Australian music industry.

5. Warren Mundine (born 1956)

Warren Mundine, born in Grafton, New South Wales, has strong connections to the Nambucca region. He is an Australian entrepreneur, political strategist, and former National President of the Australian Labor Party. Mundine has been actively involved in advocating for Indigenous rights, economic development, and reconciliation in Australia.

6. Joylene Thornbird Hair-Brown (born 1957)

Joylene Thornbird Hair-Brown, also known as Lowanna, was born in Bowraville, near Nambucca. She is an Australian Indigenous artist, poet, author, and playwright. Hair-Brown's works often explore the experiences, identities, and histories of Aboriginal people.

7. Ricci Branca (born 1960)

Ricci Branca is an Australian artisan and jeweler born in Macksville, New South Wales, which is part of the Nambucca region. She is known for her unique and intricate metalwork, which incorporates elements of nature and spirituality.

8. Cate McQuillen (born 1965)

Cate McQuillen is a renowned Australian children's television producer, writer, and composer. She was born in Nambucca Heads and is the co-creator of the internationally acclaimed children's television series "Giggle and Hoot" and "Dirtgirlworld."

These are just a few examples of the many remarkable individuals associated with the Nambucca region. Their contributions to their respective fields have brought pride and recognition not only to their hometown but also to the broader Australian society.

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