Who is your favourite Adelaide personality? The person who you think most personifies the city.
It’s a tough question! There are so many people who immediately come to mind but I thought I’d get the ball rolling with a few names and photos. Please list the personality you think should be in the list and later next year we’ll feature your suggestions in a post. Meantime, here are a few names that have featured on our Facebook page over the the past 12 months and made it into the recent Adelaide Remember When book. They are in no particular order.
Jane Reilly rose to local fame after being crowned Miss South Australian Beach Girl in March 1974. She went on to win the national title. She was just 18 at the time and was studying law and modelling part time. She was the state’s very first national winner of the competition and from there branched out into the media as firstly hosting children’s programmes with Fat Cat, followed by several stints on radio, then back to TV as Channel Ten News weather presenter and currently back on radio as a high profile news and talk presenter on the breakfast programme at 5AA.
Jane’s contribution and dedication to her work in the media has won her a host of awards and accolades including the prestigious MBF national media award, two years running, and in 1995, she was named a Family Ambassador for the Office of Families.
Max Fatchen was South Australia’s most loved wordsmith – columnist, journalist, novelist and poet. He also was the columnist with the longest output, producing columns in The News from 1948 and The Advertiser from 1955, right up until, aged 92 when he reluctantly retired his faithful old Imperial typewriter.
Max started out as a general reporter on The News, Adelaide’s afternoon newspaper, and he was there when a young Rupert Murdoch arrived to take on his first newspaper business in 1952.
In 1955 he joined The Advertiser, where he continued writing columns until he retired in 1984 and his career as a children’s book writer then blossomed. His book, The River Kings, was published in six countries and four languages and the ensuing television series was screened in more than 40 countries.
Max died on 14 October 2012.
What an amazing man Kym Bonython was.
Probably best known to most Adelaideans through his involvement with Rowley Park Speedway fans he was also an art promoter and a great lover of jazz music.
Kym had a wonderful rapport with the speedway crowds and we were often referred to as ‘the bloody pie-eaters’. He was one of the main instigators of getting the Grand Prix to Adelaide and was a member of the GP board for some time. Kym hosted his own ABC radio programme for 39 years, headed South Australia’s Jubilee 150 celebrations, and chaired the No Republic committee.
He was a decorated wartime fighter pilot and in the 1983 ‘Ash Wednesday’ bushfires, he lost his Mt Lofty home and a lot of very valuable art as well as his personal jazz collection. He died in March 2011.
I can think of another hundred people at least. Who do you think I should include in this list of Adelaide’s Favourite Personalities – Past and Present?