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Echuca Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Echuca

1. Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress born on September 1, 1975, in Wollongong, New South Wales. She grew up in Echuca, Victoria, and gained fame as a member of the Australian pop group "Rogue Traders." Bassingthwaighte is also known for her role as Izzy Hoyland in the television soap opera "Neighbours."

2. Steve Cansdell

Steve Cansdell is a retired Australian politician and former member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He was born on February 7, 1960, in Echuca, Victoria. Cansdell represented the seat of Clarence from 2003 to 2011 as a member of the National Party of Australia.

3. John Forbes

John Forbes, born on October 1, 1950, in Echuca, Victoria, is an Australian retired professional tennis player. Forbes achieved success in both singles and doubles events during his career. He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 17 in 1973 and won six professional singles titles. In doubles, he was ranked as high as World No. 4 and won 31 career titles.

4. Billy Brownless

Billy Brownless, born on January 28, 1967, in Echuca, Victoria, is a former Australian rules footballer and media personality. He played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 1986 to 1997. Brownless appeared in 198 AFL games, scoring 441 goals. After his football career, he became a popular media personality, appearing on various television shows.

5. Robert Helpmann

Robert Helpmann was an internationally renowned Australian ballet dancer, actor, and choreographer. He was born on April 9, 1909, in Mount Gambier, South Australia, and spent his early years in Echuca, Victoria. Helpmann gained fame for his performances with The Royal Ballet and as a character actor in numerous films. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1964 for his services to dance.

6. Adam McNamara

Adam McNamara, born on April 14, 1974, in Echuca, Victoria, is an Australian former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder and represented the Adelaide Crows and St Kilda Football Club in the AFL. McNamara appeared in 59 AFL games before his retirement in 2000.

7. Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd was a highly regarded Australian painter and member of the prominent Boyd artistic family. He was born on July 24, 1920, in Murrumbeena, Victoria, and spent a significant part of his childhood in Echuca. Boyd's artworks have been exhibited worldwide, and he received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth II.

8. Dan McKenna

Dan McKenna, born on May 2, 1910, in Echuca, Victoria, was an Australian rugby league player. He represented Australia in international rugby league matches and played for the Eastern Suburbs club in the New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL). McKenna's exceptional skills as a forward earned him a reputation as one of the finest players of his era.

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