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Horsham Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Horsham

Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba was an acclaimed Australian operatic soprano, born on May 19, 1861, in Richmond, Victoria. She grew up in Horsham and went on to become one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. Melba achieved great international success and performed at leading opera houses around the world. She was the first Australian to gain worldwide recognition as a classical musician.

Lane Beachley

Lane Beachley is a former professional surfer and one of the most successful female surfers in history. Born on May 24, 1972, in Sydney, Beachley spent her early childhood in Horsham before moving to the coast. She dominated women's professional surfing for seven years, winning a record seven World Championships between 1998 and 2006. Beachley has also been an influential advocate for environmental issues and women's empowerment.

Mick Harvey

Mick Harvey is an Australian musician, songwriter, and record producer, born on August 29, 1958, in Rochester, Victoria. While not born in Horsham, Harvey spent his formative years in the city. He is best known for his work as a founding member of the alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Harvey has also released several solo albums and collaborated with various artists across different genres. His contributions to the music industry have been widely recognized.

Isabella Lassandro

Isabella Lassandro is an Australian Paralympic swimmer, born on October 7, 1999, in Horsham. She competes in the S8 and SM8 classification events and has represented Australia in numerous international competitions. Lassandro won multiple medals at the Paralympic Games and continues to inspire others with her achievements in the world of para-swimming.

Bob Tuckerman

Bob Tuckerman is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Born on January 10, 1953, in Horsham, Tuckerman played as a ruckman and had a successful career in the 1970s and 1980s. He was known for his agility and competitiveness on the field, earning recognition as a prominent player during his time.

Peter Carey

Peter Carey is an esteemed Australian novelist and short story writer, born on May 7, 1943, in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Although not originally from Horsham, Carey spent part of his childhood in the city. He has won numerous literary awards, including the Booker Prize for Fiction twice (in 1988 and 2001). Carey's works often explore Australian identity and history, showcasing his talent as a renowned author.

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