Portal:City of Bankstown/Selected biography

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Brett Holman (born 27 March 1984, in Bankstown) is an Australian international football (soccer) player. He currently plays as a striker for the Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar.

He previously played for Parramatta Power in Australia before moving to Dutch football club Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2002. At the tender age of 17 in 2002 he was given the opportunity and moved to the Netherlands to play on loan with Excelsior. Once in the Netherlands he played for Excelsior Rotterdam before NEC signed him in 2006. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham.

On 7 April 2007 Brett scored two goals for NEC against Eredivisie Leaders, PSV Eindhoven. He was named man of the match, as NEC won 2-1. He moved to AZ (football club) in the European summer of 2008.

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The Hard-Ons origins can be traced to Western Sydney's Punchbowl Boys High School, where all three band members were students. The multicultural trio of drummer/vocalist Keish De Silva (of Sri Lankan descent), guitar/vocals Blackie (Yugoslavian heritage) and bassist Ray Ahn (Korean ancestry) were initially too young to play gigs in pubs, but honed their skills playing at parties and school dances. After all turning 18 years old, the band made its first 'proper' live debut in June 1984 at Ultimo's Vulcan hotel. [1] Quickly gaining a considerable following, the band released its debut EP (Surfin On My Face) the following year.

Subsequent recordings like Smell My Finger, Dickcheese, Love Is A Battlefield Of Wounded Hearts and Yummy! were well-received by fans and set the blueprint for the 'Hard-Ons sound': messy pop-punk with metal and psychedelia elements. The band also showed their independent punk spirit, with the members deliberately controlling their own careers: recording, booking and promoting themselves, creating their own artwork, choosing support bands and even managing the merchandise desk whilst on tour. These unconventional decisions, combined with songwriting talents, powerful live performances and a healthy sense of humour earned the band a large following in Europe as well as their native Australia.

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Akmal Saleh (Arabic: أكمل صالح) (Coptic) AKMAΛ CAΛЄΧ) (born 1964) is an Australian comedian. He was born in Egypt and arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1974, aged 10, with his parents, where he grew up in Punchbowl, New South Wales.
Described as "thoughtful" and "quietly spoken" in person, he is a Coptic Orthodox Christian who describes himself as having had a religious upbringing which left him questioning, and indirectly led to his career in comedy: "I think for me comedy filled the void that religion left....When I heard the first Monty Python sketch, I remember thinking, wow, this really speaks to me.

In January 2007, Akmal began his radio career on Nova 937, Nova 100, and Nova 96.9 after trying out the job by filling in for Merrick and Rosso on their breakfast show while they were away on holidays. As of 2008, Akmal is currently doing the drive shift with Cal Wilson and Ed Kavalee, hosted by Jarrod Walsh, from 3pm to 6pm (originally 4pm to 6pm), replacing Bianca Dye who moved to the morning shift (9am - 12.30pm), in turn replacing Lizzy Lovette. On the 16th of July the syndication expanded to include Nova 919 in Adelaide.

On the 19th of February 2007 a lock of hair from Akmal's back was placed on ebay after some of Britney Spears' (head) hair was sold for 1.27 million dollars. His hair sold for $18,100 and was bought by a man living in England.

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Anh Do (Vietnamese: Đỗ Anh) is a Vietnamese Australian actor and stand-up comedian who resides in Yagoona in the City of Bankstown[1] . He is perhaps best known for his leading role in the film Footy Legends. He has also made appearances on television programs such as The NRL Footy Show performing stand-up comedy.

He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films. He has a degree in Business/Law specialising in commercial law.

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Vince Sorrenti (born 25 March 1961 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian stand-up comedian from Punchbowl, New South Wales. He is of Italian descent. Sorrenti performs at many functions and events, including, most recently, the 2005 AFL Grand Final Breakfast. He writes an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph, and in 2004 appeared on A Current Affair with his comedy antics.
Vince Sorrenti was also a resident of Punchbowl, New South Wales and went to Banskstown Boys High School.

Biography 6

Paulini Curuenavuli (born Pauline Curuenavuli on 15 October 1982) is an Australian pop and R&B singer, who is best known for coming 4th in the first series of Network Ten's Australian Idol. She is also remembered for the #1 success of her debut single, "Angel Eyes" and her platinum selling debut album, "One Determined Heart". She is also a member of the multi-platinum selling group Young Divas.
Paulini was born in Fiji and moved to Australia in 1986 with her family at the age of four. Paulini has two sisters, Sereima Curuenavuli and Litia Curuenavuli, who are also singers. Her family settled in the south-west of Sydney where she went to school and regularly attended church. She began singing at the age of six with her church gospel choir.
In 1997, Paulini was spotted as a promising talent by her high school, Bankstown Girls High School, and was put into the New South Wales Talent Development Program.

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Mark Waugh, AM (born June 2, 1965 in Canterbury, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer, who represented Australia in Test matches from early 1991 to late 2002, and made his One-Day International debut in 1988. His nickname is "Junior" as he is younger than his brother Steve by a few minutes.

Waugh was primarily a right-handed batsman, batting in the No.4 position in Test matches, and was also a handy medium pace bowler, who changed to an off-spin bowler after back injuries restricted him. He is regarded as one of the best slip fielders ever to play cricket, and holds the world record for most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper.

Biography 8

Brett Holman (born March 27, 1984, in Bankstown) is an Australian football (soccer) player. He currently plays as a striker for the Dutch club NEC.

He made his debut for Australia against Bahrain on February 22, 2006, in an Asian Cup qualifier. He scored his first international goal against China in a friendly on 24 March 2007.

Biography 9

Casey Donovan (born May 13, 1988) is an Australian singer and the youngest winner of the Idol series anywhere in the world, winning the second season of Australian Idol, at the age of 16.
Donovan came from a family of musicians, with several of her relatives pursuing musical careers, including her father, a member of indigenous country band The Donovans. After her parents split, her mother and siblings moved in with stepfather Norm Axford. Growing up, Casey was always interested in singing and was lucky enough to be able to stay in touch with cousins Shalena and Jaleesa.

Biography 10

Brett Emerton (born February 22, 1979 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a football (soccer) player who plays for Blackburn Rovers in England. He is usually a wide midfielder but has been known to play in central positions or at full back.
Emerton was a product of the Australian Institute of Sport and started his career with the Olympic Sharks (now Sydney Olympic) in the National Soccer League in August 1996, making 93 appearances and scoring 14 goals. After captaining the Olyroos at the Sydney Olympics, he joined Feyenoord Rotterdam in August 2000 for a fee of £415,000.

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Vince Sorrenti (born 25 March 1961 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian stand-up comedian from Punchbowl, New South Wales. He is of Italian descent. Sorrenti performs at many functions and events, including, most recently, the 2005 AFL Grand Final Breakfast. He writes an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph, and in 2004 appeared on A Current Affair with his comedy antics.
Vince Sorrenti was also a resident of Punchbowl, New South Wales and went to Banskstown Boys High School.

Biography 12

Terry Lamb OAM, (born September 15, 1961) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. Lamb played 349 games (a competition record), with Wests (1980-1983), and Canterbury (1984-1996). Lamb was known for his support of the ball-carrier - his ability to be in the right place at the right time netted him 164 tries. He also kicked 386 goals and 44 field goals, for 1442 points in first grade. He played for New South Wales in State of Origin and Australia. Lamb holds the distinction of being the only player to appear in every match on a Kangaroo Tour.

Lamb grew up in Chester Hill, a suburb in the Bankstown area and attended Sefton High School. Lamb played all his junior football for the Chester Hill Hornets club during the years 1967-79 where he won multiple Best & Fairest awards. He only played in one Grand Final when he filled in for a side above his age group. Other players from Chester Hill to play NRL include Ross Kidd, Roger Lavis, Col Hughes, Geoff Robinson, Terry Matterson, Craig Weston, David Thompson and Corey Payne. Lamb is the only International to come from the Chester Hill Hornets club and the ground is now named the Terry Lamb Complex in his honour of service to his junior club. Lamb represented Canterbury in junior representative sides, however it was the Western Suburbs Magpies who would win his services. He also played soccer for Sydney Croatia for one year.

Biography 13

"Baby" John Burgess (born June 4, 1943) is an Australian television personality.

  • Former host of the Australian adaptation of Wheel of Fortune, shown on the Seven Network.
  • Host of the now-defunct Australian adaptation of Catch Phrase, shown on the Nine Network.
  • Starred in the 2002 independent short film, 'Brown Love', as himself. His character was the golfing buddy of a coke addict played by Weird Cam.
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Tahir Bilgiç is an Australian comedian of Turkish descent. Tahir labels himself as Australia's only Turkish stand-up comedian. Tahir features as the Lebanese character Habib in the Pizza (TV series) and movie. Habib enacts the ethnic stereotype of drug-dealing, obnoxious, womanising migrant. The stereotypes of the Fat Pizza characters are ballooned to ridicule the stereotype itself.

He has also appeared in the Australian improvisational comedy, Thank God You're Here.

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Jeff Thomson (born 16 August 1950 in Greenacre, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer. Known as "Thommo", he was one of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket and was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee; their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history. Commenting of their bowling during the 1974–75 season, Wisden wrote: "... it was easy to believe they were the fastest pair ever to have coincided in a cricket team".

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Sasho Petrovski (born March 5, 1975) is an Australian football (soccer) player with Macedonian ancestry. He is a striker who currently plays for the Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League.

He has the honour for having scored the second hat trick in the A-League, one day after the first was scored. In the old National Soccer League, Petrovski played 94 games and scored 47 goals.

He played for Viborg FF in the Danish Superliga and has two caps for the Australian national team. He made his international debut against Japan in 2001 and scored his first international goal in the Asian Cup qualifier between Australia and Kuwait at Aussie Stadium on 16 August 2006.

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