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Distinguished and Famous people from Unley

Distinguished and Famous Figures

Here are some distinguished and famous individuals associated with the region of Unley in South Australia:

1. Sir Douglas Mawson

Sir Douglas Mawson (1882–1958) was an Australian geologist, explorer, and academic who greatly contributed to Antarctic exploration. He was born in Shipley, but later moved to Unley with his family. Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911–1914) and made significant scientific discoveries during his expeditions.

2. Mary Lee

Mary Lee (1821–1909) was a prominent suffragette and women's rights advocate. Born in Cornwall, England, she migrated to South Australia and settled in Unley. Lee actively campaigned for women's suffrage and was a founding member of the Women's Suffrage League in South Australia. Her efforts played a crucial role in achieving voting rights for women in the state in 1894.

3. Sir Ross Smith

Sir Ross Smith (1892–1922) was an aviator and war hero. Born in Semaphore, he later moved to Unley and attended the Unley High School. Smith gained fame for his significant contribution to aviation during World War I. In 1919, he, along with his brother Keith Smith, successfully completed the first flight from England to Australia in a Vickers Vimy aircraft.

4. Penny Wong

Penny Wong (born 1968) is an Australian politician and a prominent member of the Australian Senate. Wong was born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and migrated to Australia with her family at a young age. She grew up in Unley and attended Unley High School. Wong has held various important positions in the Australian government and is known for her advocacy of human rights and environmental issues.

5. Grant Schubert

Grant Schubert is a renowned sculptor born in Unley. Known for his exceptional talent and creativity, Schubert has created numerous public artworks and sculptures displayed across South Australia. His works often incorporate natural materials and reflect his deep connection to the local environment.

These are just a few of the distinguished and famous individuals associated with Unley, South Australia. Their contributions have left an indelible mark on various fields, including exploration, women's rights, aviation, politics, and art.

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