Wondering who Balmains Famous Residents are?


Balmain is a fast-growing waterfront community in Inner West Sydney that is known for its outstanding attractions, captivating nightlife scene, and friendly people. Billed as one of the most affluent suburbs of Sydney City, Balmain has a rich history and a thriving cultural scene that attracts hundreds of visitors and new residents every year. Since its inception, Balmain has been associated with numerous famous people including powerful politicians, professional athletes, television personalities, and award-winning authors. Below is a list of famous people who have had the pleasure of living in the beautiful suburb of Balmain, NSW:

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Mary Rose Byrne

Byrne is an award-winning actress who was born and raised in Balmain and currently lives in New York City. She rose to fame in the early 2000s after featuring as the leading actor in “The Goddess of 1967.” She would later on land small roles in high profile Hollywood films including the likes of Star Wars, Knowing, and 28 Weeks Later. Her portrayal of Ellen Parsons in FX’s legal thriller, Damages, is currently considered her best work. Byrne has also featured in several other widely acclaimed films as well as a series of short comedy films. She is a two-time nominee of both the Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Awards. Between 2000 and 2011, several reputable magazines named Byrne among the most beautiful women in the world.

Dawn Fraser

Fraser is an Australian Olympic gold medalist and retired politician who was also born in the beautiful suburb of Balmain. She is widely remembered for being one of three professional swimmers who have won an Olympic swimming event for three consecutive times. After a highly decorated swimming career that saw her bag 8 gold medals, Fraser made a successful switch to politics where she briefly served as the representative of Balmain in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly before its abolishment in 1991. Apart from the medals, Fraser has also received numerous honorary accolades and is an inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

William Morris Hughes

Born to a peasant family in London, Hughes immigrated to Australia in 1884, first settling in Brisbane. After two years of futile job hunting, he relocating to Balmain in Sydney where he worked several odd jobs and later on started his own business. He also became involved in political matters in the area and would eventually make his way to the top of the political ladder, becoming the 7th Prime Minister of Australia.

Some of the other notable residents and former residents of Balmain include former politician Neville Kenneth Wran, Olympics gold medalist Matthew Mitcham, musician Rick Springfield, and veteran journalist George Edward Negus.


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