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Bruny Island Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from Bruny Island

Bruny Island, located off the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia, has been home to several distinguished and famous individuals. Here are some of them:

Lady Jane Franklin

Lady Jane Franklin (1791-1875) was an English writer, philanthropist, and the second wife of Sir John Franklin, an Arctic explorer and Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) from 1837 until his disappearance in 1845. Lady Jane Franklin made several visits to Bruny Island and played a significant role in promoting exploration, education, and the arts in Tasmania.


Truganini (c. 1812-1876) was an Aboriginal Tasmanian woman and one of the last surviving full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanians. She was born on Bruny Island and later moved to mainland Tasmania. Truganini became an iconic figure due to her efforts to advocate for the rights and welfare of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

William Lanne

William Lanne (c. 1835-1869) was an Aboriginal Tasmanian man and the last surviving full-blooded male Aboriginal Tasmanian. He was also born on Bruny Island and later became a prominent figure due to his involvement in early ethnographic studies and scientific research into the Aboriginal Tasmanian people.

Cassy O'Connor

Cassy O'Connor (born 1972) is an Australian politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. She has served as the leader of the Tasmanian Greens political party and has represented the electorate of Denison, which includes Bruny Island. O'Connor has been an advocate for environmental protection and conservation in Tasmania.

Lars Ahnstrom

Lars Ahnstrom (born 1956) is a renowned ornithologist from Bruny Island. He has dedicated his life to the study and conservation of birds, particularly those found in Tasmania. Ahnstrom has made significant contributions to the field of ornithology and is considered an expert on Tasmania's avifauna.

These are just a few of the notable and distinguished individuals associated with Bruny Island. Their contributions have left a lasting impact on Tasmania's history, culture, and environmental conservation.

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views of the cliffs on South Bruny National Park Photo thanks to Benny Marty
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