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The High Country Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from The High Country

The High Country in Victoria, Australia, is renowned for its rugged landscapes, historic towns, and notable individuals who have contributed significantly to various fields. Here are some distinguished people associated with this region:

1. Albert Jacka

Albert Jacka was born on January 10, 1893, in Winchelsea, a town within the region of The High Country. He became the first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War I. Jacka's fearless actions in multiple battles and his leadership skills made him one of Australia's most celebrated war heroes.

2. Banjo Paterson

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, born on February 17, 1864, in Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales, spent significant time in The High Country. Paterson was a renowned Australian bush poet and writer, best known for his iconic works such as "The Man from Snowy River" and "Waltzing Matilda." The Man from Snowy River film was also shot in the Snowy Mountains of The High Country.

3. Elyne Mitchell

Elyne Mitchell (née Chatfield), born on March 3, 1913, near Melbourne, Victoria, was an Australian author best known for her Silver Brumby series of children's books. The series, set in The High Country's Snowy Mountains, vividly captures the region's beauty and the wild horses that call it home.

4. Peter Greste

Peter Greste, born on December 1, 1965, in Sydney, New South Wales, spent part of his early life in The High Country. Greste is a renowned Australian journalist and correspondent who gained international attention when he was imprisoned in Egypt for over a year. He is a staunch advocate for press freedom and has won numerous awards for his reporting.

5. Les Hiddins

John "Les" Hiddins, born on August 12, 1946, in Brisbane, Queensland, is commonly associated with The High Country due to his involvement in the television series "The Bush Tucker Man." Hiddins, an Australian army soldier and survival expert, explored various remote regions across Australia, including The High Country, in search of bush tucker (native food sources) and shared his knowledge with viewers.

These are just a few examples of distinguished individuals associated with The High Country in Victoria, Australia. The region continues to inspire and nurture talented individuals across various domains.

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