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Ryde Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Ryde

Ryde, a suburb located in northern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, has been home to several distinguished and famous individuals. Here are some notable people associated with this area:

1. William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872)

William Wentworth was an Australian explorer, journalist, politician, and one of the leading figures in early colonial New South Wales. He played a significant role in the exploration and development of Australia, particularly in the areas of legal, social, and educational reforms.

2. Mary MacKillop (1842-1909)

Mary MacKillop, born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, spent a brief period of her childhood in Ryde, New South Wales. She later co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a religious order that focused on providing education and social services to the poor and disadvantaged. Mary MacKillop was canonized as Australia's first saint in 2010.

3. Edward "Weary" Dunlop (1907-1993)

Weary Dunlop was an Australian surgeon, war hero, and humanist. Although born in Victoria, Dunlop spent his early childhood in Ryde. He is widely recognized for his leadership and compassionate medical care towards prisoners of war during World War II, notably on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway.

4. Craig Foster (born 1969)

Craig Foster is a former Australian soccer player, television presenter, and human rights advocate. He grew up in Ryde and had a successful career playing football both domestically and internationally. Foster has since used his platform to campaign for human rights issues, particularly focusing on refugees and asylum seekers.

5. Michelle Bridges (born 1970)

Michelle Bridges is an Australian personal trainer, author, and television personality. Although not originally from Ryde, Bridges has become a well-known figure in the area through her involvement in fitness events, appearances, and her establishment of fitness centers in the community.

6. Deborah Mailman (born 1972)

Deborah Mailman is an Australian actress known for her remarkable contributions to film, television, and stage. Born in Mount Isa, Queensland, she spent some of her formative years in Ryde. Mailman has received accolades for her performances, including multiple Australian Film Institute Awards.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and there may be many more distinguished individuals associated with Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.

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