Official Guest

Past Official Guests

2019 Inga Simpson - Author
2018 Alison Bell - Theatre and Television
2017 Tara Moss - Author, Journalist, TV Documentary Presenter
2016 Vanessa Grimm - News Presenter
2015 Roy Billing - Actor & Writer
2014 Mark Grentell - Director/Writer/Producer
2013 Chris Coleman - Broadcaster
2012 Dick Smith - Entrepreneur
2011 Gregory Bryan - Historian
2010 Juliettre Palmer-Frederick - Author
2009 Max Cullen - Actor
2008 Sandy Fussell - Author
2007 Hon Ian Armstrong OBE - National Party
2006 David Foster OAM - Wood Chopper
2005 Don McAlpine - Cinematographer
2004 Her Exec. Prof Marie Bashir AC - NSW Governor
2003 Alan Jones AO - Broadcaster
2002 Jan O'Neill (Lehane) - Tennis Star
2001 Colin Buchanan - Country Singer
2000 Peter Bensley - Actor
1999 Judy Nunn - Actor
1998 Paula Duncan AM - Actor
1997 Garry McDonald AO - Actor
1996 DrHilarie Lindsay OAM - Author
1995 Carol Willis - Camp Quality
1994 Geoff Lawson OAM - Cricketer
1993 Alan Moir - Cartoonist
1992 Leon Becker AM - Broadcaster
1991 Mike Hayes - Journalist
1990 Briget Goodwin - Film Maker
1989 Eric Rolls AM - Author
1988 Slim Dusty - Country Music Singer
1987 Di Morrissey - Author
1986 Thomas Keneally AO - Author
1985 Peter Lawson - Artist
1984 James Dibble AM - ABC News Reader
1983 Jennifer Murphy - Actor
1982 Peter Summer - Actor
1981 Malcolm Thompson - Actor
1980 Leonard Teale - Actor
1979 Steve Liebmann - Television Presenter
1978 Lorraine Bayly - Actor
1977 Clive Evatt QC - Labor Party
1976 Ted Roberts - Author
1975 John St Vincent Welch - Past Festival President
1974 Patrick White - Author
1973 Dr Hilarie Lindsay OAM - Author
1972 Hon George Freudenstein MLA - NSW Country Party
1971 Harold Goodwin - Founder of the Henry Lawson Festival
1970 Chuck Faulkner - Actor
1969 Leonard Teale - Actor
1968 Bill Peach - Television Personality
1967 Bertha Jago (Lawson) - Daughter of Henry Lawson
1966 Michael Sawtell - Author
1965 Neil Hutchison - ABC Television
1964 John Thompson - ABC Broadcaster
1963 Ald Harold Jensen - Lord Mayor of Sydney
1962 Eric Baume - Journalist
1961 Sir Eric Woodward KCVO - NSW Governor
1960 Olav Nordland - Norwegian Consul
1959 Hon Ray S Maher MLA - Labor NSW
1958 Prof Colin Roderick CBE - Author