Fleurieu Peninsula Who's Who
Distinguished and Famous people from Fleurieu Peninsula
1. Colin Thiele (1920-2006)
An Australian author and educator, Colin Thiele was born in Eudunda, but spent part of his childhood on the Fleurieu Peninsula. He is best known for his children's book "Storm Boy" published in 1964. Thiele authored over 100 books, mostly aimed at young readers.
2. David Gulpilil (b. 1953)
David Gulpilil, an Indigenous Australian actor, dancer, and artist, was born in the region of Maningrida, Arnhem Land, but spent some of his early years living on the Fleurieu Peninsula. He has been internationally acclaimed for his roles in acclaimed films such as "Walkabout" (1971), "The Last Wave" (1977), and "Charlie's Country" (2013).
3. Christopher Pyne (b. 1967)
Christopher Pyne is an Australian politician who was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He represented the Division of Sturt in the Australian House of Representatives from 1993 to 2019. Pyne held various ministerial positions during his career, including Minister for Education and Training from 2013 to 2018.
4. Alex Horne (b. 1978)
Alex Horne is an English comedian, musician, and television presenter, known for his work on the comedic game show "Taskmaster." He was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, but resides on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Horne has also released several albums and performed in various comedy festivals.
5. Mahalia Barnes (b. 1982)
Mahalia Barnes is an Australian singer-songwriter, known for her soulful voice and performances. She was born in Sydney, New South Wales, but currently resides on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Barnes has released several albums and worked with prominent musicians such as Joe Bonamassa and Jimmy Barnes.
6. Shannon Noll (b. 1975)
Shannon Noll is an Australian singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the runner-up on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003. He was born in Orange, New South Wales, but has strong ties to the Fleurieu Peninsula, where he has performed at various music festivals and community events.
7. Victor Harbor Brass Band
The Victor Harbor Brass Band is a community musical ensemble that has been active on the Fleurieu Peninsula for over a century. The band performs at numerous local events and has gained recognition for their excellence in brass music.
8. Kieran Lovell (b. 1997)
Kieran Lovell is an Australian rules football player who was born in New Norfolk, Tasmania. He grew up on the Fleurieu Peninsula and played for the local football club Goolwa-Port Elliot before being drafted to the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) in 2015.
9. Shane Dye (b. 1966)
Shane Dye is a retired New Zealand jockey who spent significant years of his career in Australia. He is well-known in the horse racing industry and has achieved remarkable success, including winning the Melbourne Cup in 1989. Dye resided on the Fleurieu Peninsula during his time in Australia.
10. Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968)
Sir Hans Heysen was a German-born Australian artist who is renowned for his landscape paintings, particularly depicting the Australian outback and bush. He settled in Hahndorf on the Fleurieu Peninsula in the early 20th century and drew inspiration from the region's natural beauty, contributing significantly to Australia's art scene.