26 January 2015




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Andrew Hughes

Adventure teacher

Adventure teacher Andrew Hughes has combined his two great passions: inspiring students from diverse backgrounds, and building awareness of the importance of our natural world. Seven years ago, Andrew developed the innovative teaching program Expedition...

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Dr Christina Henri

Tasmania’s 2014 Senior Australian of the Year and Honorary Artist in Residence, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Dr Christina Henri’s passion for the female convict story has connected communities throughout Australia and across the globe. Christina obtained her Diploma in Fine Arts (Honours), Master of Fine Arts and PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at the University...

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Major Glenn Todhunter

Pilot – Australia’s first and only disabled military and RFDS aviator

On September 22 1995, Major Glenn Todhunter found himself trapped in the wreckage of his aircraft after it had crashed heavily from 200ft during a training flight.  He almost died. After several days in intensive care on life support, his journey back...

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Rebecca Cuthill

International Humanitarian Law Advocate and Save the Devil Fundraiser

Rebecca was born and raised in Launceston and attended Scotch Oakburn College and UTAS. After completing her degree she moved to Canberra where she did a post graduate degree in Communications After a graduate traineeship with SBS TV and a short stint...

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Rachael Treasure


Rachael Treasure writes because she wants to inspire everyone about the sacredness of good food production and land care. Rachael lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children and an extended family of kelpies, chooks, horses, cattle and...

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Michael Veitch

Actor, author, TV and radio presenter

Actor, broadcaster and author Michael Veitch began his career writing and performing with the 1980s, Melbourne University-based ABC sketch comedy series, D-Generation, and then the long-running Fast Forward which ran for five years on the Seven Network.  Coming...

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Sally Wise


Sally Wise is the bestselling author of ten cook books, including A Year in a Bottle and Slow Cooker. She is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio in Tasmania for a Jams and Preserves talkback segment. She has been a presenter at events such as the Melbourne...

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Fiona McIntosh


Fiona is the author of 28 novels across historical saga, adult fantasy, crime thriller and children’s fantasy genres. Her books are published worldwide in a host of languages. Fiona came to Australia in 1980 with dreams of roaming the world. She joined...

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Amali Ward


After making the top 12 of Australian Idol at age16, Tasmanian raised Amali has had a successful career as a soul artist. She released a self-produced EP when she was just 17. Now Sydney based, Amali has since played the Bluesfest and Southern Roots festivals,...

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Posie Graeme-Evans

Writer and producer

Posie Graeme-Evans has had a long and sucessful career in both television and writing. She spent 30 years in TV as a director, series creator and producer. She was Director of Drama for the Nine Network for three years between 2002 and 2005. In 2002,...

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Bernadette Black

State Manager of Special Olympics Tasmania, Founding Director Brave Foundation, Councillor Kingborough Council

Bernadette Black has always strived to help people flourish to their full potential. Bernadette is the author of Brave Little Bear, a personal story that details her experience of being a teenage mother. Her book is a message of inspiration, hope and...

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Jo Palmer

News presenter

Jo Palmer was born in New Zealand and moved to Tasmania with her parents and brother as a baby, growing up at the Missionary Training College in St Leonard. In 1993, Jo was awarded the title of Miss Tasmania and then went on to become Miss Australia,...

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Finegan Kruckemeyer


Finegan was born in Ireland, and moved to Adelaide at age eight. In 2004, he and his wife Essie moved to the beautiful city of Hobart. Finegan’s plays are seen all across the world. He writes for both national and international companies and is committed...

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Rob Pennicott

Entrepreneur and philanthropist

There are several reasons why ex-fisherman Robert Pennicott has worked hard to set up a successful eco-tourism business. He wanted to share his beloved Tasmanian coastline with other people, create employment and boost the economy of his home community,...

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Leigh Carmichael

Creative director

Leigh Carmichael is the Creative Director of Dark Mofo, MONA’s winter festival. He is also a graphic designer and passionate Tasmanian. After working as a designer for companies including Crank Media, G3 and Roar Film, he was working as a freelancer...

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John Xintavelonis


John is a born and bred Tasmanian and has an extensive and varied career in TV, radio, film, theatre and musicals spanning over 20 years. In Tasmania, he is a much loved household name (known in the street as John X) and is always appearing in numerous...

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Cary Lewincamp

Musician and composer

Tasmanian musician and composer Cary Lewincamp has been highly respected and regarded in the music industry for the past 20 years. A charismatic performer and a wonderful story teller, Cary can be found every Saturday entertaining visitors to Tasmania...

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Fr Bob Maguire AM RFD

Fr Bob Maguire AM RFD is one of our unheralded, truly Australian heroes. They say that the mould was broken when “the fiery priest of the downtrodden” was born. Throughout his life he has never stopped questioning the establishment – political or...

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David Mann OAM

David joined 3AW in 1973 after completing Matriculation at Blackburn High School, and is the longest serving employee of the Company now controlled by the Fairfax Radio Network.  David started at 3AW as an office boy, he then moved into panel operating,...

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Clair Marsh OAM

Clair Marsh has been married to David, another of the Australia Day Ambassadors, since 1981. She used to work in her own Public Relations company (A Clair Clarke Promotion), and she worked extensively with Variety – The Children’s Charity – having...

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