Can you put a name to Strathfield's many superstars?

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1.He won the Booker Prize, grew up at Loftus Crescent and attended St Patrick’s College. He has written more than 30 novels and 17 non-fiction books, four plays and even starred in several films and theatre productions. This famous author spoke to the Sceneabout his book Homebush Boyand revealed his favourite childhood memories of growing up in the area.“My family moved to Homebush from Kempsey. Back in the day, it was predominantly a working-class area and my friend and I would walk down Rochester Street dreaming we were somewhere else,” he said. “I wrote Homebush Boybased on these memories. These streets are special to me and especially standing here brings back a great sense of nostalgia. “I remember during the war, my mother and I were walking towards the air-raid shelter at St Martha’s church when we saw the Japanese reconnaissance plane flying over us. She was terrified, but I was just happy to get out of school. “So many of these houses and streets evoke such strong memories. So much has changed, yet so much has stayed the same. This place is still so special to me.”



2. A fashion designer famous for her footwear, she has commanded $1,000 for a single pair of shoes. She is married to former Sydney Roosters NRL player Anthony Minichiello. The former Meriden student is well-known on the celebrity circuit. She was recently criticised for breast feeding her daughter up to the age of 17 months.



3. This prime minister was also premier of NSW. He was born in Scotland and educated in Melbourne before moving to Sydney. He practised as a barrister before starting his political career, initially in the NSW Legislative Assembly. He served as the premier of NSW from 1894 until 1899. In 1901, he was elected to the first federal parliament as the member for East Sydney and became leader of the opposition. In 1904, when the Watson Government resigned, he became prime minister, serving from August 1904 to July 1905. His former homestead, Mount Royal, is located on the ACU Strathfield campus and is now known as the Edmund Rice Building.


4. This famous resident was Australia’s 11th prime minister and the third longest serving federal member. He was born in Grafton, NSW and educated at Sydney Boys High School and the University of Sydney where he graduated in medicine at the top of his year in 1901. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1919. He was deputy prime minister in 1923-29 and 1934-39, and prime minister for just three weeks, from April 7-26, 1939, after his predecessor, Joseph Lyons, died suddenly and the Governor-General, Lord Gowrie, appointed him caretaker prime minister.


5. The first Liberal member to hold the federal seat of Reid since its formation in 1922, this politician is the sitting member. Son of a famous publican who owns several hotels around Sydney, he was born and bred in Strathfield and educated at St Patrick’s College. His children attend schools in Strathfield. He was recently the target of pro same-sex marriage activists who sent him unmarked letters filled
with glitter.


6. His prime ministerial term of eight days is the shortest in Australian history. A parliamentarian for 24 years – in both the Queensland state parliament and federal parliament, this politician spent 14 years as deputy leader of the federal Labor Party. He moved to Strathfield with his wife and four children in 1937. He became prime minister for eight days, 6-13 July, 1945, after the death of John Curtin. After leaving federal politics, he served as Australian High Commissioner in Ottawa, Canada until 1954, then returned to Queensland state politics. He died in1983 at the age of 92.




7.After working as a baker in Maitland, NSW, this resident who was born in Scotland, tried his luck gold mining. When he failed to
 make his fortune, he returned to baking.
He established a business in a small
shop in Newcastle in 1865 and rapidly expanded to a large biscuit factory. He retired in 1899 and moved to Albert Road, Strathfield, where he died in 1901. His sons took over the company and built  a new factory at Homebush between 1906 and 1908.


8. Born in Crookwell, NSW, this resident spent most of his time between Brisbane, where his mother’s family lived, and Sydney near his father’s relatives. He is one of seven children of Lebanese immigrant fruit-shop owners and helped his parents before and after school. He attended 11 different schools including St Patrick’s College and Homebush Boys High School. After finishing school, he studied law and joined a firm in Bankstown. In 1992, he and his older brother founded Aussie Home Loans. He is one of the wealthiest businessmen
in Australia.




9. Brought up in Canada Bay and educated at Homebush Boys High School, he is now known as one of Australia’s leading sports commentators and journalists. He began his broadcasting career in 1969 with ABC Sport in Sydney. He then spent 16 months at Network Ten followed by 16 years at the Seven Network. In April 2013, he rejoined Network Ten as its chief rugby commentator.


10. Born in Baulkham Hills, this first-class cricketer attended Homebush Boys High School. During his time at school, he played for the Berala Sports Club. He made his debut for his home state in 2009 at the age of 19 and his Test debut for Australia in December, 2011. This year, he was named Man of the Tournament in the 2015 Cricket World Cup after Australia defeated New Zealand in the final.




1. Tom Keneally;

2. Terry Biviano

3. Sir George Houston Reid

4. Sir Earle Christmas
Grafton Page

5. Craig Laundy

6. Francis (Frank) Forde

7. William Arnott

8. John Symond

9. Gordon Bray

10. Mitchell Starc


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