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When OM visited this odd site in 2002 it was free. There were 72 Aussies listed there [Melburnian's see below]. Look for more,, visit their web site and search!

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Gordon, Adam Lindsay b. October 19, 1833 d. June 24, 1870
Australian poet, very popular with Queen Victoria. Only Australian poet commemmorated in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.
Cause of death: Committed suicide (shot himself on Brighton beach, near Melbourne)
Brighton Cemetery, Brighton, Australia

Holt, Harold Edward b. August 5, 1908 d. December 19, 1967
Australian Prime Minister. He served as the Prime Minister of Australia from January 26, 1966 until his death on December 19, 1967. He died while swimming in the ocean and his body was never recovered. (bio by: Kristian T. Peterson)
Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton, Australia

Kelly, Ned b. June, 1855 d. 1880
Australian Criminal. Fantasized himself as a "Robin Hood" type of outlaw. After being hunted by authorities for several years, police closed in on him and his gang. The element of surprise was blown and over 1,000 observers were awaiting the arrival of the police at the hideout. After a gun battle, Kelly emerged in a suit of armor that covered only his head and upper torso. Police shot him in the legs and captured him. He was tried and convicted of numerous crimes including the murders of several policemen. His last words on the gallows at Melbourne before being hanged were, "Such is Life." He was originally buried at what is now called The Old Melbourne Gaol. After the gaol was closed and redevelopment commenced he was moved to the Pentridge Prison at Coburg, Melbourne and reburied in the cemetery there. Pentridge Prison has now closed and is to undergo redevelopment as a recreation tourist and residential facility.
Pentridge Prison Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia

Mather, Emily b. 1864 d. 1891
She married Frederick Bailey Deeming in Liverpool, on September 22, 1891. They moved to Australia, and he murdered her in Windsor, Melbourne, by slitting her throat and hiding her body under the floorboards of their house. The bodies of Deeming's first wife and children were eventually discovered under the fireplace of their villa in England. Deeming was convicted and hanged for Emily Mather's murder.
Cause of death: Murdered
Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton, Australia

Melba, Dame Nellie b. May 19, 1861 d. February 23, 1931
Opera Singer.
Lilydale General Cemetery, Victoria, Australia

Menzies, Sir Robert Gordon 'Bob' b. December 20, 1894 d. May 15, 1978
Australian Prime Minister. He was Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. He served in office from April 26, 1939 to August 29, 1941, and December 19, 1949 until he resigned in 1966. (bio by: Kristian T. Peterson)
Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton, Australia

Moran, Paul b. 1963 d. March 22, 2003
Photojournalist. He was a cameraman for ABC News. He gained much of experience in the Middle East, and was considered a talented reporter, editor, producer, and won much praise for his picture taking. He covered the Gulf War in 1991 from Saudi Arabia on a freelance basis. He also covered stories on the Ayatollah Khomeini reign, a recent interview with an Iraqi defector in Bangkok, and a 2002 report from aboard the HMAS Manoora, which was on interdiction duty in the Gulf. Moran was killed on March 22, 2003, by a suicide car bombing attack while covering Operation Iraqi Freedom in Sayed Sadiq, in the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq. (bio by: Kristian T. Peterson)
Brighton Cemetery, Brighton, Australia

Phar Lap [Heart] b. October 4, 1926 d. April 5, 1932
Champion Thoroughbred Racehorse. Despite the locations of his birth and death, all races except one were run in Australia. Wins included 1930 Melbourne Cup and the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap (then the worlds richest horse race). Ran at least a place in all races, except one, from 14 September 1929 until his death; including four wins in one week in the spring of 1930. Extremely popular and well known, both in life and in death throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Australia National Museum (Canberra), Canberra, Australia

Phar Lap [Stuffed Hide] b. October 4, 1926 d. April 5, 1932
Champion Thoroughbred Racehorse. Despite the locations of his birth and death, all races except one were run in Australia. Wins included 1930 Melbourne Cup and the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap (then the worlds richest horse race). Ran at least a place in all races, except one, from 14 September 1929 until his death; including four wins in one week in the spring of 1930. Extremely popular and well known, both in life and in death throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Scullin, James Henry b. September 18, 1876 d. January 28, 1953
Australia Prime Minister. He served as the Prime Minister of Australia from October 22, 1929 to June 1, 1932. (bio by: Kristian T. Peterson)
Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton, Australia

The next one has nothing to do with Melbourne except I like Granny Smith Apples.

Smith, Maria Ann 'Granny Smith' b. 1799 d. March 9, 1870
"Granny Smith" is credited with producing the first "Granny Smith" green apple. Born 1799 in Peasmarsh, England, she married Thomas Smith when she was 19. They emigrated to the Colony of New South Wales in 1838, along with their 5 children. They settled in Ryde, then a satellite village of Sydney, an area of orange, apple and nectarine orchards. In 1855 they bought a 24 hectare farm. Experimenting with French Crab apples she had obtained from Tasmania, she developed the apple variety from seedlings that were a mutation. Though never a commercial success in her lifetime, the variety now bears her name around the world. (bio by G. Short)
Saint Annes Church, Australia


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