contributorsKiama is a small district, but it has contributed many artists, business people, politicians, religious ministers and sports people and athletes to the state of NSW and to the nation.

This category displays all the known contributors to the history of the Kiama district.

 

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AJ "Bert" Weston

generic personProfession :  3rd Proprietor of Kiama Independent newspaper

Born  :  ??  Died  :  ??

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  : 

Achievements  :  Proprietor of Kiama Independent, prominnet citizen of the district.

References  :  

UOW

Library Article

The History of the Kiama Independent: From 1863 to 1949

Alexander James Campbell

alexander campbellProfession :  NSW State Parliamentarian

Born  :  20/08/1846    Died  :  22/03/1926

Birth Place  :  Gerringong

Website  : 

Achievements  :  Served Seat of Kiama  from 17 Jul 1894 to 16 Jul 1904

References  : 

Parliamentary Record

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Alfred Percival Bullen

Alfred Percival BullenProfession :  Circus Proprietor

Born  :  1896    Died  :  1974

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  : Wikipedia

Achievements  :  Operated Bullen's Circus till 1969

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Trove

See Lilian Ethel Bullen

Alison Giles

alison gilesProfession :  Author (AKA Alison Gregory)

Born  :  23 June 1962    Died  :   -

Birth Place  :  Parramatta

Website  :  Alison Giles

Achievements  : Author of eight books, so far ....

References  :

Trove

 

Angus Cameron

angus cameronProfession :  NSW State Parliamentarian

Born  :  01/01/1847    Died  :  26/01/1896

Birth Place  :  Scotland

Website  : 

Achievements  :  Served Seat of Kiama  from 13 Jan 1887 to 19 Jan 1889

References  : 

Parliamentary Record

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

Anita Larkin

Anita LarkinProfession :  Sculptor, feltmaking, bronze work, public art commissions

Born  :  1971    Died  : 

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  : Anita Larkin

Achievements  : Exhibited extensively across Australia, and internationally, Sculpture by the Sea.

References  :

International Sculpture Centre

 

Ann Sudmalis

ann sudmalis 1Profession : Politician

Born  :  16 September 1955  Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Milton

Website  :  Ann Sudmalis

Achievements  : Kiama Council Councillor 1996 to 2013; Federal Member for Gilmore 2013 - present

References  : 

Federal Parliament

 

Arthur Cousins

arthur cousinsProfession :  Author, Local Historian

Born  :  14 January 1866   Died  :  17 August 1960

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of "The Garden of New South Wales" and others

References  : 

University of Wollongong

Illawarra Historical Society

 

 

Ashton Sims

Ashton SimsProfession : Professional Rugby League Player,

Born  :  26th February, 1985   Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Sutherland

Website  :  Wikipedia entry

Achievements  :  Rugby League player, NSW State of Origin.

References  : 

Career Stats & Summary

Auguste Blackman

Auguste BlackmanProfession :  Artist, Painter

Born  :  12 April 1957   Died  :

Birth Place  :  Victoria

Website  :

Achievements  : Nationally renowned artist, son of Australian artist Charles Blackman.

References  : 

Blake Pelly

blake pellyProfession : Politician

Born  :  31 May 1907  Died  :  16 October 1990

Birth Place  :  Buckley, Flintshire, Wales

Website  : 

Achievements  : State MP for Wollondilly (contained Kiama) 1950 - 57

References  :  NSW Parliament

Bob Harrison

bob harrisonProfession : Waterside worker, politician

Born  :  19 September 1934 Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Goulburn

Website  :  Wikipedia entry

Achievements  : Member for Kiama 1986–1999

References  : 

NSW Parliament

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Brett Morris

brett MorrisProfession : Professional Rugby League Player,

Born  :  23 August 1986   Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Gerringong

Website  :  Wikipedia entry

Achievements  :  Rugby League player, NSW State of Origin and Australian International.

References  : 

Career Stats & Summary

 

Brian Peschler

Brian PetschlerProfession : Administrator, Politician

Born  :  ?? Died  :

Birth Place  :  ??

Website  : 

Achievements  : Mayor for Kiama 2012 - 2016

References  : 

 

Broger

generic personProfession :  Aboriginal guide, tracker and constable

Born  :  1800    Died  :  7 November 1830

Birth Place  :  Berry

Website  :

Achievements  :  Executed criminal. murderer.

References  :

Australin Dictionary of Biography

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Broughton

generic personProfession :  Aboriginal guide, tracker and constable

Born  :  1798    Died  :  7 November 1850

Birth Place  :  Berry

Website  :

Achievements  :  Guide for Dr Charles Throsby, John Oxley

References  :

Australin Dictionary of Biography

Indigenous Australia

 

 

Bruce Elder

elder bruceProfession :  Journalist, writer and commentator

Born  :  July 16, 1944    Died  : 

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  : Wikipedia entry

Achievements  : Author of many Australian travel and history books, Director of Lifeline.

References  :

Trove

 

Bryan Cecil Fuller

generic personProfession :  Barrister

Born  :  17 August 1888   Died  :  23 March 1956

Birth Place  :  Dunmore

Website  :

Achievements  : Barrister, Presbyterian lay leader, tennis administrator

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

Captain Charles Moore Stevenson

generic personProfession :  Soldier

Born  :  30 January, 1860   Died  :  11 February, 1909

Birth Place  :  Cavan, Ireland

Website  :

Achievements  :  Military commanding officer of E Comapny (Kiama) (1909)

References  : 

Trove

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Kiama Local History

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Catherine McKinnon

Catherine McKinnon Profession :  Dramaturg, Director, Author

Born  :  22 August 1958   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of "The Nearly Happy Family" and "Tilt"

References  : 

Trove

Australianplays.org

 

Charles Edward Devenish Meares

generic personProfession :  Company manager

Born  :  17 November 1861   Died  :  14 November 1940

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Co-operative advocate, company manager, dairy industry leader, tennis administrator

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

Charmian Clift

charmaine cliftProfession :  Writer, Essayist

Born  :  August 30, 1923    Died  :  July 8, 1969

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  : Wikipedia entry

Achievements  : Author of over 10 books and a variety of essays.

References  :

Trove

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

Chrissie Paice

chrissie paiceProfession :  Poet, Writer, Editor

Born  :  22 Jul 1958    Died  : 

Birth Place  :  England

Website  :

Achievements  : Two collections of poetry: Mad Oaks and Staring At The Aral Sea. Her children's book, The Great Rock Whale,

References  :

International Sculpture Centre

Book review

 

Clayton Comber

clayton zane1Profession :  Writer, DJ, musician. (aka Clayton Zane)

Born  :  10 July 1983   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  : Clayton Zaneyton Zane

Achievements  : Author of The Shooting Stars

References  : 

 

 

 

Colin Hollis

Collin HollisProfession : Politician

Born  :  30 May 1938  Died  :  -

Birth Place  :  Wauchope

Website  : 

Achievements  : Federal MP for MacArthur (contained Kiama) 1983,  Federal MP for Throsby (contained Kiama) 1984 - 1998

References  :  Federal Parliament

Colonel Colin D. Fuller

colonel fullerProfession :  WW1 Soldier, Farmer

Born  :  10 Feb 1882 Died  :  19 September 1953

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Colonel in the 16th Light Horse Regiment

References  : 

WW1 Project, Kiama Library

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

Con Mosckos

con mosckosProfession :  Restaurateur

Born  :  1894   Died  :  23 November 1948

Birth Place  :  Kythera, Greece

Website  :

Achievements  : Proprietor of successful and well reknown restaurant business.

References  : 

Trove

 

 

Dan Palmer

dan palmerProfession :  Rugby Union player

Born  :  September 13, 1988,   Died  :  -

Birth Place  :  Shellharbour

Website  :

Achievements  : Junior Rugby Union player, Australian Rep 2012.

References  :  

Wikipedia

 

David Lindsay Dymock

David L DymockProfession :  Dairy Farmer

Born  :  1839   Died  :  6 August 1937

Birth Place  :  Scotland

Website  :

Achievements  :  Dairy Industry leader, Kiama Council alderman 1892 to July 1900

References  : 

Trove

Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

David Smith

generic personProfession :  Cedar Cutter

Born  :  1800    Died  :  13 December 1884

Birth Place  :  ??

Website  : 

Achievements  :  First White Settler in Kiama arrived in 1821

References  : 

Early Land Settlement in Illawarra 1804-1861 Ch 2.Early Land Settlement in Illawarra 1804-1861 Ch 2.

Dean Bowen

dean bowenProfession : Professional surfer

Born  :  12 December 1990 Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Gerroa

Website  :  Wikipedia entry

Achievements  :  Junior World Surf Champion 2010

References  : 

World Surf League

Dennis Koks

dennis koksProfession :  Teacher, Radio presenter, Kiama Jazz Club, community warrior.

Born  :  28 October 1930  Died  : -

Birth Place  :  Cape Town , South Africa

Website  : 

Achievements  :  Broadcaster on Community Radio as Jazz Presenter, Founder Kiama Jazz Club, Arts Teacher and Consultant.

References  :  

Don Cottee

don cotteeProfession :  Writer, Historian

Born  :  1948   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of Terralong tracks, Kiama, Walking tracks of the Municipality of Kiama.

References  : 

National Library of Australia

 

 

 

Dorothy O'Keefe

dorothy okeefeProfession :  Writer, Historian

Born  :  1934   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of Gone but not forgotten : a history of the Minnamurra Falls Valley and a family history, Snippets of history, A history of the Jamberoo Red Cross Branch, A history of Minnamurra rainforest : Budderoo National Park and A history of the Pheasant Ground and Knight's Hill.

References  : 

National Library of Australia

Kiama Independent

Kiama Independent

 

 

Dr Robert Menzies

generic personProfession :  Dairy Farmer and Medical Doctor

Born  :  25 April 1811   Died  :  20 January 1860

Birth Place  :  England

Website  :

Achievements  :  Built Minnamurra House and had successful dairy farm. Married to Maria.

References  : 

University of Wollongong (Michael Organ)

 

 

Dunc Gray

dunc grayProfession : Cyclist

Born  :  17 July 1906   Died  :  30 August 1996

Birth Place  :  Goulburn

Website  :  Wikipedia entry

Achievements  :  Olympic Cyclist (Gold Medal 1000m time trial 1932 Los Angeles)

References  : 

Eleanor Weston

generic womanProfession :  Charity worker

Born  :  ?  Died  :  1936

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Organising concerts for local charities and convalescing of returned servicemen

References  : 

 

Fay Jackson

Fay JacksonProfession :  Mental Health worker

Born  :  ??   Died  :  -

Birth Place  : 

Website  :  Vision in Mind

Achievements  : 

  • NSW State Government Mental Health Task Force
  • NSW Mental Health Commission
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Federal government Consumer Representative Group
  • Centre for Mental Health
  • Mental Health Council of Australia
  • and many more in her profile

 

References  :  

NSW Mental Health Commission

Frank McCaffrey

Frank McCaffreyProfession :  Author, Farming

Born  :  2 February 1855   Died  : 1938

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of history of the Illawarra and diary cattle in New South Wales

References  : 

 

Frederick Phillimore Howell-Price

Frederick Phillimore Howell PriceProfession :  Soldier

Born  :  11 June 1888   Died  :  22 April 1978

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Accountant, army officer, public servant

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Australian War Memorial

Discovering ANZACs

 

 

Gareth Grey

grey g oProfession :  Rugby union representative (1972)

Born  :  August 29, 1947   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Test caps 5

References  : 

Australia Rugby Union

 

 

 

Gareth Ward

gareth wardProfession : Politician

Born  :  1981 Died  :  

Birth Place  :  Gerringong

Website  :  Gareth Ward

Achievements  : Member for Kiama 2011 - present

References  : 

NSW Parliament

 

Geoff Shaw

geoff shawProfession :  Rugby union representative (1962)

Born  :  December 27, 1948   Died  : 

Birth Place  :  Kiama

Website  :

Achievements  : Test caps 36 (15 as captain)

References  : 

Wikipedia

Herald Sun

Rugby.com

 

 

 

George Adams

george adamsProfession :  Publican

Born  :  14 March 1839    Died  :  23 September 1904

Birth Place  :  Sandon, Hertfordshire, England

Website  : Wikipedia

Achievements  :  Licencsee of Steam Packet Inn

AKA : George "Tattersalls" Adams

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Trove

George Lawrence Fuller

George Lawrence FullerProfession :  Shop keeper, Quarry owner.

Born  :  29 Nov 1832   Died  :  2 Sep 1917

Birth Place  :  Dunmore, Ireland

Website  :

Achievements  : Purchased and developed Dunmore. Donated generously to charities and Kiama hospital.

References  : 

 

George Mackie

George MackieProfession :  Presbyterian minister

Born  :  11 September 1833   Died  :  16 October 1908

Birth Place  :  Scotland

Website  :

Achievements  : Developed Presbyterian church in Illawarra

References  : 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

University of Wollongong

 

Gerry McInerney

Gerry McInerney1Profession : Chemist

Born  :  ??   Died  :  -

Birth Place  :  Narrabri

Website  : 

Achievements  : Chemist, Lions club, Author of "Once a Kid from Narrabri"

References  : 

Kiama Independent

 

Gordon Streek

gordon streekProfession :  Writer, Playwright

Born  :  ???    Died  :  ???

Birth Place  :  ???

Website  :

Achievements  : Wrote the play "Wild"

References  : 

 

 

Graham Mackie

mackie1Profession :  Historian

Born  :  3 February, 1939  Died  :  -

Birth Place  :  Kogarah

Website  :

Achievements  : Author of Blowhole point : my kind of icon; The chronology of Kiama 1770-2011 : from banks to bass to blue metal, butter, bathing & broadband; Miss Eleanor Pamela Weston.

References  : 

Kiama Independent

 

 

 

Graham Tucker

generic personProfession :  Writer

Born  :  ??  Died  : -

Birth Place  :  ??

Website  : 

Achievements  :  Founder Kiama Jazz Club, Author of "From novelist to essayist: the Charmian Clift phenomenon"

References  :  

UOW