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Yass Valley

New South Wales


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Yass Valley Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Yass Valley

  • Hamilton Hume (1797-1873): An Australian explorer and early settler, Hume was born in Parramatta but later settled in Yass Valley. He is best known for his explorations of the present-day regions of Victoria and New South Wales, including the discovery of the Murray River.
  • Eugene von Guerard (1811-1901): A renowned artist born in Vienna, Guerard migrated to Australia and settled in the Yass Valley area. He is known for his detailed landscape paintings that captured the beauty of the Australian countryside, including many scenes from Yass Valley.
  • Ben Hall (1837-1865): One of Australia's most famous bushrangers, Hall operated in the Yass Valley region. He was known for his escapades and clashes with the law during the mid-19th century.
  • David Unaipon (1872-1967): An Aboriginal Australian preacher, writer, and inventor, Unaipon was born in the Point McLeay Mission in South Australia but spent some time in Yass Valley. He is known for his important contributions to literature and his inventions, including a modified handpiece for shearing and a centrifugal motor.
  • Donald Bradman (1908-2001): Widely regarded as the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman was born in Cootamundra, near Yass Valley. He achieved numerous records and accolades throughout his cricket career, which spanned from 1927 to 1948 and included representing Australia in test matches.
  • Ken Catchpole (1939-2017): A former rugby union player who was born in Bondi, Catchpole spent his later years living in the Yass Valley region. He played as a scrum-half for Australia, becoming one of the nation's most respected rugby players and earning the nickname "The Artful Dodger".
  • Georgie Parker (born 1974): Born in Perth, Western Australia, Parker grew up in Yass Valley and is known for her successful career as an Australian field hockey player. She represented the Australian national team in multiple Olympics and won numerous medals throughout her career.
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