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Gunnedah Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Gunnedah

1. Grant Denyer

An Australian television presenter and motor racing driver, Grant Denyer was born in Gunnedah. He is best known for hosting various TV programs including "Family Feud," "Dancing with the Stars," and "Australia's Got Talent." Denyer has also received several awards for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

2. George Negus

George Negus is an Australian journalist, television presenter, and author, born in Gunnedah. He has had a long and successful career in journalism, having worked for various news organizations such as ABC, Channel 10, and SBS. Negus has gained recognition for his in-depth and insightful interviews with notable personalities from around the world.

3. Luke Burt

Luke Burt is a former professional rugby league player who hails from Gunnedah. He played the majority of his career for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League (NRL) as a winger or fullback. Burt achieved numerous accolades throughout his career, including being the highest point-scorer in the history of the Parramatta Eels club.

4. Alex Leapai

Alex Leapai is a professional boxer who was born in Gunnedah. Representing Australia, he has competed in the heavyweight division and had notable fights against world champions such as Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Parker.

5. Dorothea Mackellar

Dorothea Mackellar was an Australian poet and writer, most famous for her iconic poem "My Country." Although she was born in Sydney, she spent much of her childhood on her family's property near Gunnedah. Her love for the Australian landscape and her experiences in the area heavily influenced her work.

6. Andrew Johns

Andrew Johns, often referred to as "Joey," is a former professional rugby league player from Gunnedah. Considered one of the greatest rugby league players of all time, he played for the Newcastle Knights and the Australian national team. Johns was instrumental in leading the Knights to win their first and only NRL Premiership in 1997.

7. Nolan Dalla

Nolan Dalla is an American writer, poker historian, and former media director of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Although not born in Gunnedah, he spent a significant part of his childhood in the town. Dalla has written several books on poker and has contributed to various publications, showcasing his deep knowledge and passion for the game.

8. Roy Billing

Roy Billing is an Australian actor who was born in Gunnedah. He has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, both in Australia and internationally. Billing is known for his roles in films like "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and TV series such as "Underbelly" and "Westside."

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