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Forbes Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Forbes

1. Ben Hall (1837-1865)

Ben Hall was a notorious Australian bushranger born in Wallis Plains near Forbes. He became one of the most wanted criminals during the colonial era. Hall's gang roamed the Forbes region, engaging in robbery and other criminal activities. He was eventually shot dead by police in 1865.

2. Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864-1941)

Banjo Paterson, born near Orange but raised on Buckinbah Station near Forbes, was an influential Australian poet, journalist, and author. He is most famous for the iconic ballad "Waltzing Matilda" and is often considered one of Australia's greatest bush poets.

3. Caroline Chisholm (1808-1877)

Caroline Chisholm, although not born in Forbes, spent a significant period of her life in the area. She was a social reformer and philanthropist who played a crucial role in assisting immigrant women and families in Australia. Caroline Chisholm is widely recognized for her efforts in improving the welfare of female immigrants.

4. Margot Nash (born 1941)

Margot Nash, an Australian filmmaker, was born in Forbes. She is known for her documentary films exploring personal and political topics. Nash has made important contributions to Australian cinema and is recognized for her thought-provoking works.

5. Nathan Hindmarsh (born 1979)

Nathan Hindmarsh, a former professional rugby league player, was born in Forbes. He had a successful career, mainly with the Parramatta Eels in the NRL (National Rugby League). Hindmarsh is highly regarded as one of the greatest forwards in Australian rugby league history.

6. Joe Thornett (born 1941)

Joe Thornett is a former Australian rules footballer who was born in Forbes. He played for the Essendon Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Thornett was a talented player and represented Victoria during his career.

7. Dick Thornett (1943-2011)

Dick Thornett, brother of Joe Thornett, was also born in Forbes and went on to become a notable figure in Australian sports. He represented Australia in both rugby union and rugby league. Thornett's outstanding athletic abilities earned him accolades and respect throughout his career.

8. Bianca Rinehart (born 1978)

Bianca Rinehart, the daughter of mining magnate Gina Rinehart, was born in Forbes. She is part of the prominent Rinehart family, known for their significant contributions to Australia's mining industry.

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