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19 famous people you didn't know hail from Toowoomba

ACTORS, sports stars and politicians, Toowoomba is home to the rich and famous.

Here are 19 residents who left the Garden City to take over the world.

1. Michael Katsidis

Boxer Michael Katsidis training at Smithy's Gym.
Boxer Michael Katsidis training at Smithy's Gym. Kevin Farmer

Of Greek descent, Mr Katsidis often pays homage to his heritage by wearing a Corinthian helmet when entering the ring.

2. Will Power

2014 IndyCar champion Will Power was given the keys to city of Toowoomba.
2014 IndyCar champion Will Power was given the keys to city of Toowoomba. Andrew Backhouse

After winning the 2014 IndyCar Series he was given the keys to his hometown of Toowoomba where his parents still reside.

Mr Power regularly visits the city and often mentions it when giving interviews.

3. Gina Jeffreys

Ready to perform at the Ballina RSL club on Sunday night Country singers Beccy Cole,and Gina Jeffreys.
Ready to perform at the Ballina RSL club on Sunday night Country singers Beccy Cole,and Gina Jeffreys. Doug Eaton

Often called Australia's "Queen of Country", Gina Jeffreys has won numerous Australian country music awards.

She's been nominated for four ARIA Awards and has won two APRA Awards and five won Golden Guitar awards at the Tamworth Country Music Awards of Australia.

4. Meshel Laurie

Radio personality Meshel Laurie addresses the gathering.
Radio personality Meshel Laurie addresses the gathering. BRETT WORTMAN / 193650

An Australian comedian and radio and television personality, Meshel Laurie moved to Melbourne early in her career as a stand-up comic to take advantage of its strong comedy industry/community.

She is a Buddhist and heavily involved in charities.

5. Steele Rudd (Arthur Hoey Davis)

Steele Rudd.
Steele Rudd.

Arthur Hoey Davis is best known for his work On Our Selection.

 

 

6. Shane Withington

Emily Symons and Shane Withington in a scene from the TV series Home and Away. Supplied by Channel 7.
Emily Symons and Shane Withington in a scene from the TV series Home and Away. Supplied by Channel 7.

Shane Withington is an Australian actor best known for playing surf life guard John Palmer in Home and Away on the Seven network.

7. Penelope Wensley

Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley at the Mayoress Joy Forman's High Tea held at Rowers on the River.
Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley at the Mayoress Joy Forman's High Tea held at Rowers on the River. Mike Knott

Penelope Anne "Penny" Wensley AC is a former Australian public servant, who was the Governor of Queensland from 2008 to 2014.

8. Nathan Friend

Gold Coast Titans player Nathan Friend is seen in action against Melbourne Storm during round two of the NRL at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Gold Coast Titans player Nathan Friend is seen in action against Melbourne Storm during round two of the NRL at AAMI Park in Melbourne. JULIAN SMITH

Nathan Friend, is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League.

9. Judy Morris

Australian actress, film director and screenwriter Judy Morris.
Australian actress, film director and screenwriter Judy Morris. Contributed

Judith Ann "Judy" Morris is an Australian actress, as well as a film director and screenwriter, well known for the variety of roles she played in 54 different television shows and films.

She co-wrote a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica which became Happy Feet, Australia's largest animated film project to date.

10. Eric 'Toowoomba Ghost' Harris

Eric 'Toowoomba Ghost' Harris.
Eric 'Toowoomba Ghost' Harris. Contributed

The rugby league player who played at representative level for the British Empire, was known as the 'Toowoomba Ghost' because of his ability to evade defenders.

11. Michael Brennan

Hockey player Michael Brennan.
Hockey player Michael Brennan. Contributed

Michael Brennan OAM is a field hockey midfielder from Australia, who was a member of the team that won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

12. Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron (mathematician).
Peter Cameron (mathematician). Contributed

An Australian mathematician, Peter Cameron works in group theory, combinatorics, coding theory, and model theory.

13. Air Marshal D C T Bennett

Air Marshal D C T Bennett.
Air Marshal D C T Bennett. Contributed

Air Vice-Marshal Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett CB CBE DSO was an Australian aviation pioneer and bomber pilot who rose to be the youngest air vice-marshal in the Royal Air Force.

14. General Sir Henry (Harry) George Chauvel

Portrait of General Sir Henry (Harry) George Chauvel GCMG KCB at Maribyrong camp during the Citizen Military Force (CMF) (Light Horse) camp held there in March 1923. Chauvel was a student at Toowoomba Grammar School before serving in the Boer War and The First World War.
Portrait of General Sir Henry (Harry) George Chauvel GCMG KCB at Maribyrong camp during the Citizen Military Force (CMF) (Light Horse) camp held there in March 1923. Chauvel was a student at Toowoomba Grammar School before serving in the Boer War and The First World War. Photo Contributed

Sir Harry Chauvel, was a senior officer of the Australian Imperial Force who fought at Gallipoli.

15. Geoffrey Rush

Actor, Geoffrey Rush, at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba.
Actor, Geoffrey Rush, at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

Geoffrey Rush  is the youngest of the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award.

16. Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny.
Elizabeth Kenny. Contributed

Elizabeth Kenny was an unaccredited Australian nurse, who developed a controversial new approach to polio treatment while caring for ill soldiers during the First World War.

17.  Frank Ford

Frank Ford.
Frank Ford. Contributed

Australia's 15th Prime Minister Frank Ford was schooled in Toowoomba.

18. Steve Price

Steve Price at Sizzler with a group of students from North Rockhampton High School.
Steve Price at Sizzler with a group of students from North Rockhampton High School. Sharyn O'Neill

An Australian international representative, Steve Price retired as Queensland's most-capped State of Origin forward.

19. Sonia Kruger

Sonia Kruger hosts Big Brother. Supplied by Channel 9. Photo by Paul Broben.
Sonia Kruger hosts Big Brother. Supplied by Channel 9. Photo by Paul Broben. Paul Broben

Sonia Kruger is best known for co-hosting the popular Australian version of Dancing with the Stars and for the role of Tina Sparkle in the hit 1992 film Strictly Ballroom.

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