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Australian Americans are Americans who have Australian ancestry, either because they were born in Australia or because they have ancestors from Australia.

In 2000, there were 60,965 American residents born in Australia and another 114,820 Americans who listed their ancestry as Australian. California, Hawaii, New York, and Florida have the largest concentration of Australian Americans, with the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, New York serving as the country's predominant "Little Australia."

This project is for notable Americans connected to Australia through birth, ancestry, or upbringing.

Notable Australian Americans

Academia & Science

  • Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate biological researcher -- Hobart-born U.S. citizen
  • Bruce Bolt, seismologist -- New South Wales-born U.S. citizen
  • Philip K. Chapman, NASA astronaut -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Jill Ker Conway, college president and academic -- New South Wales-born U.S. citizen
  • Terence James Elkins, physicist -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Anne Osborn Krueger, economist -- Australian father
  • Paul D. Scully-Power, oceanographer and NASA astronaut -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Andy Thomas, NASA astronaut -- Adelaide-born U.S. citizen

Authors

  • Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen with American father
  • Prudence Farrow, author -- Australian father
  • Sumner Locke Elliott, novelist and playwright -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen

Business

  • Jacques A. Nasser, business executive and philanthropist -- Melbourne-raised U.S. citizen
  • Matthew Pritzker, investor and businessman -- mother from Australia

Entertainment

  • Simon Baker, actor -- Tasmania-born U.S. citizen
  • Jacinda Barrett, actor -- Brisbane-born U.S. citizen
  • Nellie Breen, dancer and comedian -- Australian father
  • Sean Brosnan, actor and filmmaker -- Australian mother
  • John Butler, frontman for John Butler Trio -- Australian father, raised largely in Australia
  • Bonar Colleano, actor -- Australian mother and father
  • Mia Farrow, actor -- Australian father
  • Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Mel Gibson, actor -- U.S. born with Australian paternal grandparents
  • Penne Hackforth-Jones, actor -- Australian maternal grandparents
  • Elizabeth Jagger, model -- Australian mother
  • Laura James, "America's Next Top Model" winner -- Australian mother
  • Tim Kazurinsky, actor and screenwriter -- Australian mother
  • MC Lars, rapper -- Australian father
  • Chloe Rose Lattanzi, singer and actor -- Australian mother
  • Laurette Luez, actor -- Australian mother
  • Alanna Masterson, actor -- Australian father
  • Poppy Montgomery, actor -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Meg Mundy, actor and model -- Australian mother
  • Sean Murray, actor -- Australian mother
  • Keir O'Donnell, actor -- Sydney-born, U.S.-raised
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, actor -- Australian mother
  • Helen Reddy, actor and singer -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Rebecca St. James, singer -- born in Sydney, immigrated to U.S. at age 14,
  • Kristen Stewart, actor -- Australian mother
  • Mark Stoermer, The Killers bassist -- Australian father
  • Alex Winter, actor, director, and screenwriter -- Australian father

Law & Politics

  • Richard W. Fisher, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas -- father from Australia
  • Martin Indyk, former United States Ambassador to Israel -- Castlecrag, Sydney-raised U.S. citizen
  • Kristina Keneally, Australian politician -- born and raised in U.S. with Australian mother
  • Jeff Merkley, United States Senator -- Australian paternal grandmother
  • Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court -- mother from Brighton Beach, Melbourne
  • James Wolfensohn -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen

Media

  • Leigh Diffey, sports commentator -- Brisbane-born U.S. citizen
  • Valda Cooper, journalist -- born in Melbourne, raised in U.S.
  • Ronan Farrow, journalist -- Australian maternal grandfather
  • Brianna Keilar, journalist -- Canberra-born, U.S. raised, with Australian father
  • Elisabeth Murdoch, media executive -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Rupert Murdoch, media executive -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Soledad O'Brien, journalist -- Australian father
  • Pat Oliphant, cartoonist -- Adelaide-born U.S. citizen

Sport

  • Carsten Ball, tennis player -- Australian father
  • Darren Bennett, football player -- Perth-born U.S. citizen
  • Jonah Bolden, basketball player -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • James Cruikshanks, wrestler -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Taylor Dent, tennis player -- Australian father
  • Colin Edwards, motorcycle racer -- Australian father
  • Dante Exum, basketball player -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • Luke Hume, United States national rugby player -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Robert Machado, surfer -- born in Sydney, raised in California
  • David Niu, United States rugby legend -- Sydney-born U.S. citizen
  • Ben Simmons, basketball player -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen

Other

  • Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite -- Australian parents
  • Harry Bridges, labor leader -- Melbourne-born U.S. citizen
  • John Henderson, blind activist -- born in Australia, raised in New York