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Proserpine Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Proserpine

Proserpine is a small town located in the Whitsunday region of Queensland, Australia. The town has a rich history and has produced many distinguished and famous people over the years. Here are few notable personalities who hail from Proserpine.

1. Roy Emerson: Roy Emerson was born in Blackbutt in 1936 but he grew up in Proserpine. Emerson is a former professional tennis player and one of the greatest players of all time. He won a total of 28 Grand Slam titles, including 16 in doubles and 12 in singles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982.

2. George Brown: George Brown was a politician and businessman who was born in Proserpine in 1913. He was the member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of McPherson from 1966 to 1975. He also served as the Minister for Works in the Gorton government from 1969 to 1971.

3. Dr. David Hull: Dr. David Hull was born in Proserpine in 1935. He was a renowned philosopher of biology and a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. He published several books on the philosophy of science, including "Science as a Process" and "The Metaphysics of Evolution."

4. Koby Abberton: Koby Abberton was born in Maroubra, but he grew up in Proserpine. He is a professional surfer and a member of the notorious Bra Boys gang. Abberton has won several surfing competitions, including the Billabong Pro Tahiti in 2004.

5. Nancy Bird Walton: Nancy Bird Walton was born in Kew in 1915 but later moved to Proserpine with her family. She was the first female commercial pilot in Australia, flying for the Australian National Airways in the 1930s. Walton was also a co-founder of the Australian Women Pilots' Association.

6. Sir Leo Hielscher: Sir Leo Hielscher is a prominent businessman and philanthropist who was born in Proserpine in 1929. He served as the chairman of the Queensland Treasury Corporation and the Queensland Investment Corporation, and was instrumental in developing Queensland's tourism industry.

7. Mal Meninga: Mal Meninga was born in Bundaberg in 1960 but he played for the Proserpine Brahmans in the early 1980s. He is a former professional rugby league player and current coach of the Queensland State of Origin team. He was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 1994.

8. Ben McDevitt: Ben McDevitt was born in Proserpine in 1964. He is a former Australian Federal Police commissioner who served from 2014 to 2017. He was also the chief executive officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority from 2016 to 2017.

9. Matthew Kenny: Matthew Kenny was born in Proserpine in 1990. He is a professional football player who plays for the Brisbane Roar in the Australian A-League. He has represented Australia at the U-23 level.

Overall, Proserpine has produced some truly remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions in various fields. These people serve as a source of inspiration for the current and future generations from the town.

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