Notable Residents

Notable current and former residents of Woolgoolga

    • Jack Thompson, a resident of Woolgoolga, won Cannes and AFI acting awards for the film Breaker Morant (1980). He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards. Jack has played a vital role in the organisation and running of community events both in Woolgoolga and surrounding regions.

    • Emma Moffatt, two-time women's triathlon world champion, attended Woolgoolga High School. Emma won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and will compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

    • Cadel Evans, who also attended Woolgoolga High School, is an Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France (the first Australian to do so).

    • Rees Duncan, a resident of Emerald Beach, won the World Waveski Championship in 1989, 1991, 2007 and 2009.

    • Harley Ingleby, also a resident of Emerald Beach, 6km south of Woolgoolga, is an Australian professional longboard surfrider. Harley won his first World Longboard Championship title in 2009.Air Marshal

    • Sir Charles Read, RAAF Chief of the Air Staff from 1972 to 1975, has lived in Safety Beach, Woolgoolga, as of 2010.

Don Clinch’s list of notable individuals and families of Woolgoolga (as of 5 July)

Allan, Colonel ‘Blue’

Alverson family

Anderson, Capt John & brothers

Arkan, Clr John

Ashton family

Avery family

Bennett family

Blackadder family

Bultitude family

Clarke, Trevor (surf club)

Cronberger family, Arthur & Ors.

Crossley family

Crouch, Allan OAM

Drury family

Dun, Clr HWB

Ellem family

Ely family

Featherstone family

Fountain, Clr Fred

Ganderton, Jackie & family

Gentle family

Goodenough family

Graham, ‘Con’ (Wharfinger)

Gray family

Hall, Oswald & family

Hallwood, George (Grafton/Wga SC)

Harper, Dr Cecil

Hart, Dave (Storekeeper)

Hedwards family

Hofmeier family

Holloway, Stan

Hubbard family

Joass, Clr Clive

Johnson family

Laugher family

Lee Hubert family

Malley Lt Commander

Marsh, C W (Policeman)

Meyer, Bill (Grafton/Wga SC)

More, Dr

Morrow family

Notaras family (Grafton)

Newman, COR & family

Newman, George (Postmaster)

Parbery, Duncan (Wharfinger)

Pullen family (Wharfinger)

Rediger family

Richards, ‘Billy’ family (Storekeeper)

Robinson, Clr Ron & family

Rogers family (Wharfinger)

Rudder family (Red Rock)

Sare, William (Storekeeper)

Sharp, Frank & family (Mullaway)

Singh, Teja & family (Sikh priest)

Skinner family (Moonee)

Stone family

Sykes, A F & family

Taylor family (Corindi)

Thompson family (Upr Corindi, Wga)

Toovey family

Turner family

Unwin families

Want families

Waterhouse family

Whitton family

Wilson, W C & family

Younger families

(tba: add others, including indigenous & more Sikhs?).

Notable current and former residents of Coffs Coast

    • George Negus, author, journalist, and current affairs presenter

    • Wendy Matthews, singer

    • David Helfgott, concert pianist

    • Liz Cambage, basketball player

    • Danny Glover, actor

    • Andrew Farrar, Kevin Gordon and Clint Greenshields, rugby league footballers

    • Deborah Knight, news journalist for the Nine Network

    • Sean Murray, actor, plays Timothy McGee on American crime drama NCISs

    • Russell Crowe, actor

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