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National Living Treasures

The original 100 National Living Treasures were chosen by a national vote in 1997. This list was updated in 2004 and most recently in 2012.

National Living Treasures are exceptional Australians with substantial and enduring accomplishments in their field.

We celebrate their achievements and acknowledge that they are as diverse as Australia itself.

Current List

The list, in alphabetical order, stands as follows:

  1. Phillip Adams, humanist, social commentator
  2. Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, professor
  3. John Bell, actor
  4. Professor Geoffrey Blainey, historian
  5. Raelene Boyle, Olympic runner, sports commentator
  6. Father Frank Brennan, social commentator
  7. Senator Bob Brown, politician, Australian Greens activist
  8. Julian Burnside, barrister, refugee rights advocate, author
  9. Don Burrows, musician
  10. Dr Harry Butler, naturalist and conservationist
  11. The Reverend Tim Costello, social activist, commentator
  12. The Reverend Bill Crews, social activist
  13. Russell Crowe, actor
  14. Bart Cummings, racehorse trainer
  15. Betty Cuthbert, Olympic runner
  16. Judy Davis, actress
  17. Sir William Deane, former High Court judge and former Governor-General of Australia
  18. Ernie Dingo, Indigenous Australian television personality
  19. Mick Dodson, Indigenous Australian leader
  20. Pat Dodson, Indigenous Australian activist/leader
  21. Peter Doherty, immunologist, professor, Nobel Prize winner
  22. Ted Egan, musician, activist, administrator
  23. Herb Elliott, Olympic runner
  24. John Farnham, entertainer
  25. Dawn Fraser, Olympic swimmer, former politician
  26. Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia
  27. Professor Ian Frazer, scientist
  28. Cathy Freeman, Indigenous Australian sportsperson, Olympic runner
  29. Margaret Fulton, writer, food expert
  30. Peter Garrett, politician, former singer and social activist
  31. Jennie George, ACTU trade union leader, politician
  32. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Indigenous Australian tennis player
  33. Shane Gould, Olympic swimmer
  34. Germaine Greer, writer, social activist
  35. Catherine Hamlin, physician
  36. John Hatton, independent NSW politician
  37. Basil Hetzel, medical researcher, public health advocate
  38. The Rt Revd Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General of Australia
  39. Gabi Hollows, social activist, philanthropist
  40. Janet Holmes à Court, business leader, philanthropist
  41. John Howard, politician, former Prime Minister of Australia
  42. Barry Humphries, entertainer
  43. Barry Jones, former politician, author, polymath
  44. Caroline Jones, television personality, social commentator
  45. Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia
  46. Thomas Keneally, writer
  47. Cheryl Kernot, former politician
  48. Nicole Kidman, actress
  49. Ian Kiernan, businessman, social activist
  50. Justice Michael Kirby, lawyer, judge, social commentator
  51. Dame Leonie Kramer, academic, businesswoman
  52. Karl Kruszelnicki, scientist, author, media personality
  53. John Landy, Olympic athlete, former Governor of Victoria
  54. Rod Laver, tennis player, businessman
  55. Michael Leunig, cartoonist, social commentator
  56. Ted Mack, politician, social commentator
  57. David Malouf, novelist
  58. Garry McDonald, actor
  59. Walter Mikac, survivors' advocate
  60. Kylie Minogue, singer, actress
  61. Jack Mundey, trade union leader
  62. Graeme Murphy, dancer, choreographer
  63. Les A Murray, poet
  64. John Newcombe, tennis player, television commentator
  65. Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress
  66. Greg Norman, golfer, businessman
  67. Sir Gustav Nossal, scientist, administrator
  68. Lowitja O'Donoghue, Indigenous Australian leader
  69. Pat O'Shane, magistrate, Indigenous Australian leader
  70. Clive Palmer, mining magnate
  71. Mary Paton, founder of the Nursing Mothers' Association
  72. Noel Pearson, Indigenous Australian leader
  73. Kieren Perkins, Olympic swimmer, television commentator
  74. Pat Rafter, tennis player
  75. Henry Reynolds, historian
  76. Ken Rosewall, tennis player
  77. Dick Smith, businessman, social commentator
  78. Fiona Stanley, physician
  79. Richard Tognetti, violinist and conductor
  80. Anthony Warlow, singer
  81. Gai Waterhouse, racehorse trainer
  82. Steve Waugh, cricketer
  83. Robyn Williams, science broadcaster
  84. David Williamson, playwright
  85. Tim Winton, novelist
  86. Fiona Wood, physician
  87. Roger Woodward, pianist
  88. John Yu, medical doctor
  89. Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Indigenous Australian leader

Deceased (formerly listed)

  • Betty Archdale, cricketer, educator (d. 2000)
  • Faith Bandler, academic, activist and advocate for Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islander people (d. 2015)
  • Nancy Bird Walton, aviator (d. 2009)
  • Arthur Boyd, artist (d. 1999)
  • Sir Jack Brabham, world champion Formula One driver (d. 2014)
  • Sir Don Bradman, cricketer (d. 2001)
  • Ruth Cracknell, actress (d. 2002)
  • Sir Roden Cutler, World War II hero, Governor of New South Wales (d. 2002)
  • Don Dunstan, politician, Premier of South Australia, social commentator (d. 1999)
  • Slim Dusty, singer, entertainer (d. 2003)
  • Hazel Hawke, social activist, ex-wife of Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2013)
  • Donald Horne, academic, writer, author of The Lucky Country (d. 2005)
  • Robert Hughes, art critic, author (d. 2012)
  • Elizabeth Jolley, author (d. 2007)
  • Jimmy Little, Indigenous Australian singer, (d. 2012)
  • Edward (Ted) Matthews, World War I soldier and last Gallipoli survivor (d. 1997)
  • Colleen McCullough, author, writer (d. 2015)
  • Judith Wright McKinney, poet (d. 2000)
  • Sir Mark Oliphant, physicist, Governor of South Australia (d. 2000)
  • Margaret Olley, artist (d. 2011)
  • Charles Perkins, Indigenous Australian leader (d. 2000)
  • Peter Sculthorpe, musician, composer (d. 2014)
  • Mum (Shirl) Smith, Aboriginal Australian activist (d. 1998)
  • Dame Joan Sutherland, opera singer (d. 2010)
  • Mavis Taylor, humanitarian (d. 2007)
  • Tom Uren, former politician (d. 2015)
  • The Rev Sir Alan Walker, social commentator/activist (d. 2003)
  • Morris West, author (d. 1999)
  • Gough Whitlam, former Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2014)
  • Margaret Whitlam, social activist, wife of Gough Whitlam (d. 2012)
  • R. M. Williams, businessman (d. 2003)

Formerly Listed

At the National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) Board Meeting 254 of 30th July 2014 it was resolved that pursuant to recent court proceedings and findings of the English Court, Rolf Harris be formally removed from the list of Australia's National Living Treasures and the award withdrawn.