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1. Alexander, 1837–1936, Australian pioneer pastoralist, born in Scotland.
2. Byron, 1952–83, Australian film producer; noted for films made in association with George Miller including Mad Max (1979).
3. Edmund Besley Court, 1818–48, Australian explorer, born in Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.
4. Graham Cyril (`the King'), 1934–2005, Australian television compere, film actor and entertainer.
Edmund Kennedy arrived in Sydney in 1840. In 1847 he proved that the Victoria River did not flow north to the Gulf of Carpentaria, but instead flowed into Cooper Creek. He renamed the stream the Barcoo. On the same expedition, he found the Thomson River. In 1848 Kennedy undertook an ambitious expedition. From Rockingham Bay, Qld, he proposed to travel north along the eastern side of Cape York, and rendezvous with a supply ship at the tip of the peninsula. He then proposed to travel south along the western side of the peninsula to link up with routes already established by Ludwig Leichhardt and Thomas Mitchell. Kennedy set out with 13 men in May 1848, but difficult terrain hindered progress, supplies began to run out and sickness bedevilled the party. Leaving most of his men at Weymouth Bay, Kennedy and four companions set out north on foot. Finally, Kennedy and his Aboriginal assistant, known as Jackey Jackey, went on alone in an attempt to reach the Cape. In December, close to the point where the supply ship was waiting, Kennedy was fatally wounded by an Aboriginal spear. Jackey Jackey looked after him until his death and then found his way to the waiting boat. Only he and two other men, out of the 14 who set out, survived. One of these, William Carron, published an account of the expedition in 1849, including Jackey Jackey's firsthand account of the final part of the journey and his moving description of Kennedy's death.
Graham Kennedy was born in Melbourne and had a long media career. His nightly comedy variety show on Melbourne's Channel 9, In Melbourne Tonight, ran from 1957 to 1975, with some breaks, during which time he became known as `the King'. In 1958 Kennedy suggested the name Logies for the proposed Australian television awards, from the name of the Scottish inventor of television, John Logie Baird. Kennedy appeared in several films, including The Odd Angry Shot (1979) and The Killing Fields (US/UK 1983).II./ˈkɛnədi/ (say 'kenuhdee)
Cape, former name (1963–73) of Cape Canaveral.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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