Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who are some famous Australians who were influentual from around the time of the first World War?


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  • BethS
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    Here is a link to a who's who of Australians who served in World War I:


    Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson (1864–1941)

    Banjo Paterson was born in Narambla in New South Wales. He was a farmer and a lawyer who became famous for his poetry. He later worked in the city as a newspaper/magazine editor, but disliked city life. War He joined up as a soldier in WW1 and became an ambulance driver. Paterson wrote many well-known Australian poems, including ´The Man from Snowy River´, ´Clancy of the Overflow´ and ´The Man from Ironbark´. It may also be that he wrote the words to ´Waltzing Matilda´. His work has also been recorded, broadcast on the radio and made into films and a television series. His picture is on the $10 note and on stamps

    Henry Lawson

    Henry Lawson (1867–1922)

    Henry Lawson is one of Australia´s best known writers. He was the son of Louisa Lawson, who is famous for working for women´s rights. Henry often wrote about the hard lives of poor country people in Australia. His own life was a hard one, starting with his birth in a bark hut with a dirt floor. The family had very little money and Lawson´s father was often away. Lawson´s stories were very popular and taught city people a lot about life in the country. Some people could not understand why he wrote about such ordinary Australians but most people enjoyed the mixture of humour and sadness in his stories.

    His life is honoured in street and park names in many places, including Sydney. The town of Lawson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales is named after him. His picture has also appeared on stamps.

    John Flynn

    John Flynn (1880–1951)

    Reverend John Flynn was a minister of the church who worked as a missionary in outback South Australia and was in charge of the Australian Inland Mission. The Mission´s aim was to bring church services and medical care to the people of outback Australia, many of whom lived far from towns.

    In the late 1920s, Flynn organised planes to bring doctors to sick people and the Royal Flying Doctor Service was born. People in faraway places needed two-way radio to call the flying doctors. Flynn suggested that they use a new invention called the pedal radio, which did not need batteries. This new radio service lead to the beginning of the ´School of the Air´. John Flynn became known as ´Flynn of the Inland´.

    His work has been honoured on stamps. One of the Flying Doctor Service planes and an electorate (voting area) in the Northern Territory are named after him. There is also a monument to him in Alice Springs

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