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Jack Thompson and Robert O'Hara Burke. (With thanks to the Herald Sun).

Meet The Team

Submitted by: Burke and Wills
20 Aug 2010
Location: Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria (0) Comments
Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson (AM) born on the 31st of August 1940 as John Hadley Payne, is an Australian actor and one of the major and most influential figures in Australian cinema. He was educated at the University of Queensland, before embarking on his acting career. In 2002, he was made an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). He is best known as a lead actor in several acclaimed Australian films including: Wake in Fright (1971), Sunday Too Far Away (1975), The Man from Snowy River (1982), Breaker Morant (1980) and importantly Burke and Wills (1985) where he played Robert O’hara Burke. He was the recipient of a Living Legend Award at the 2005 Inside Film Awards. He was notably awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 1986 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the film industry. Jack has stated that one of his favorite roles as an actor was as Robert O’hara Burke, a feeling that has no doubt driven his involvement in this year’s expedition recreation.

With thanks to wikipedia.com


Burke and Wills

Mitsubishi Pajero Historian and author Jonathan King is organising the Burke and Wills 150th-anniversary Environmental Expedition. With help of actor and environmentalist Jack Thompson, the trekking team will be undertaking a two-stage expedition, with specialist environmentalists using detailed maps, to follow the infamous 1860 route (this time aided by Pajero four-wheel-drives). Throughout the journey they will be posting updates from the road; providing a running commentary, stories, video blogs, artwork and other findings as they retrace the legendary steps, beginning in late August. Keep track of 4WD4Life to keep abreast of this epic journey!

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