Kidman, Crowe named Australian 'living treasures'

Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe have been named Australian “living treasures”.

Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe have been named Australian “living treasures”.

The two were among 15 new “treasures” on a list that ranged from sports stars to a surgeon who treated the horrific burns of survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings.

Thousands of people nominated Australians they believed should be on the list of 100 living treasures, after the National Trust of Australia last October said it wanted to replace 15 “treasures” who had died since a top-100 list was first named in 1997.

Among those who dropped off the list were cricket great Donald Bradman, but among the 15 replacements was recently retired Australian captain Steve Waugh.

Tennis star Pat Rafter and former athlete John Landy were other sports stars added to the list, as was burns specialist Dr Fiona Woods, who treated many Bali bombing victims.

Living National Treasures Committee chairman Michael Ball said the updated list included names from across Australian society.

“It celebrates those people in our community who have helped make a difference to our heritage and our culture,” Ball said.

“We are celebrating those individuals who have achieved great deeds through a variety of fields and continue to make a difference for the betterment of our society,” he added.

Although Crowe was born in New Zealand, he now lives on a farm near Australia’s east coast, about 435 miles north of Sydney.

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