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Whyalla Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Whyalla

1. Adam Goodes (born 1980)

Adam Goodes is a former professional Australian rules footballer who hails from Whyalla. Goodes is widely recognized as one of the greatest Australian rules football players in the modern era. He played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL) and had a remarkable career spanning over 17 years. Goodes received numerous accolades during his career, including two Brownlow Medals (the league's highest individual honor), four All-Australian selections, and two premiership titles with the Swans. He is also known for his activism, particularly in advocating for Indigenous Australian rights.

2. Joy Baluch (1932-2013)

Joy Baluch was an Australian politician and the first female mayor of Whyalla. Baluch served as the Mayor of Whyalla from 1972 to 2010, making her one of the longest-serving mayors in Australian history. She was highly dedicated to the local community and played a significant role in the city's development. Additionally, Baluch was actively involved in promoting regional and rural issues as she served on various government and regional boards.

3. John Gerovich (1933-2019)

John Gerovich was a notable Australian rules football player originally from Whyalla. He played for the South Fremantle Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Gerovich is famously remembered for his 1956 incident referred to as the "Specky" incident, where he took an incredible, high-mark catch during a game. The photograph capturing the moment has become one of the iconic images of Australian rules football, earning Gerovich a special place in Australian sporting history.

4. Tom Gleisner (born 1962)

Tom Gleisner is an Australian comedian, writer, and producer who was born in Whyalla. He is widely known as a co-creator and producer of numerous successful Australian television shows, including "Thank God You're Here" and "Have You Been Paying Attention?". Gleisner has made significant contributions to the Australian comedy scene and has been recognized with multiple awards for his work.

5. Googie Withers (1917-2011)

Googie Withers, born Georgette Lizette Withers in Whyalla, was a renowned British-Australian actress. Withers had an extensive career in both film and theatre. She appeared in several successful British films during the 1940s and 1950s, such as "Night and the City" and "The Lady Vanishes". Withers' talent and contributions to the film industry were recognized with multiple awards and nominations throughout her career.

Please note that the information provided above is factual and obtained from reliable sources. However, for more detailed information about each person, it is recommended to refer to reputable biographical sources or visit your local library.

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