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The Cradle Coast Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from The Cradle Coast

Cradle Coast, located in the north-western region of Tasmania, Australia, has been the birthplace or associated with many distinguished individuals throughout history. The following is a list of notable people who were either born in Cradle Coast or have a significant association with the region:

1. Mary Donaldson (born 1972)

Mary Donaldson is now known as Crown Princess Mary of Denmark after marrying Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004. She was born in Hobart, Tasmania, but spent a significant part of her childhood in the Cradle Coast region.

2. Joe Hockey (born 1965)

Joe Hockey, born in Sydney, is an Australian politician who served as the Minister for Health and Ageing from 2007 to 2011. He has represented the Division of North Sydney in the Australian House of Representatives. Hockey spent his childhood and early youth in the Cradle Coast region.

3. Ricky Ponting (born 1974)

Ricky Ponting, widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, which falls within the Cradle Coast region. He captained the Australian national cricket team from 2004 to 2011, leading them to multiple victories in both Test and One-Day International formats.

4. David Foster (born 1949)

David Foster, a renowned musician, producer, and composer, was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. However, he lived in the Cradle Coast region for several years during his childhood. Foster's music career spans multiple decades, and he has worked with numerous high-profile artists, winning multiple Grammy Awards.

5. Hans Heysen (1877–1968)

Hans Heysen, a German-born Australian artist, is known for his landscape paintings, particularly featuring the Australian bush. Heysen lived and worked in the Cradle Coast region for a significant period and drew inspiration from the Tasmanian landscape.

6. Ben Quilty (born 1973)

Ben Quilty, an Australian artist famous for his distinct and expressive paintings, was born in Sydney. However, he spent part of his childhood on the Northwest Coast of Tasmania, which forms part of the Cradle Coast region. Quilty's work has received international acclaim and has been exhibited worldwide.

7. Matthew Groom (born 1975)

Matthew Groom, an Australian politician, was born in Ulverstone, Tasmania, within the Cradle Coast region. He served as a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly and held various ministerial positions, including Minister for State Growth and Minister for Energy.

8. Van Diemen IV (born 2005)

Van Diemen IV, an Australian racehorse born in Tasmania, received significant recognition in the horse racing world. Trained locally in the Cradle Coast region, Van Diemen IV achieved considerable success, winning multiple races at notable events.

9. Jock Best (born 1910–2007)

Jock Best, a professional Australian rules footballer, was born in Ulverstone, Tasmania. He played for Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1930s and 1940s, earning a reputation as a talented and dedicated player.

10. Trisha Stratford (born 1961)

Trisha Stratford, an Australian clinical neuropsychotherapist and relationship expert, was born in Burnie, Tasmania. She gained widespread recognition as one of the experts on the Australian version of the reality TV show "Married at First Sight." Stratford has also made notable contributions to the field of psychotherapy.

These are just a few examples of the distinguished individuals associated with Cradle Coast, Tasmania. This region has produced many other talented and accomplished people who have contributed significantly to various fields, both locally and globally.

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