NRL star Corey Parker, and his wife Margaux, welcomed their son on May 18 and have named him Jagger Steele. Jagger Parker has a big sister named Memphis, aged 4, and a big brother named Wylei, aged 3. The Parkers have explained Jagger’s name wasn’t inspired by Mick Jagger, as they are Elvis Presley fans; they just liked the name. Corey has played with the Brisbane Broncos since 2001, and is the team’s co-captain. He also plays for the national squad, the Prime Minister’s XIII, and for his state team, the Queensland Maroons. He will be playing in the first State of Origin match this Wednesday.
Cricketer Michael Hogan, and his wife Rachel, recently welcomed a daughter who they have named Ambrosia. Ambrosia Hogan has a big brother named Buddy, aged 2. Michael has played for Western Australia and the Hobart Hurricanes, and since last year has been with the Glamorgan County Cricket Club in Wales. Although able to be in Perth for Ambrosia’s birth, Michael has had to return to Wales alone; his family will join him next month.
NRL player Tony Williams, and his wife, welcomed their first child a year ago and named their son Tremaine. Tony is so gigantic, at 192 cm (6’4″) and 118 kg (260 lb), that his nickname is T-Rex; however he says his son was a normal-sized baby, although getting to be a “big boy” now. With another T name, there could be a T-Rex Junior. After playing for Parramatta and Manly, Tony signed with the Canterbury Bulldogs last year. He has played for Australia, Tonga, New South Wales, and City.
Rugby union player Taqele Naiyaravoro, and his wife Ethel, welcomed their first child almost a year ago and named their daughter Ella. Taqele, who was 21 at the time, delivered Ella himself. Taquele is originally from Fiji, and started out in rugby league for the Wests Tigers before switching codes this season to play for the NSW Waratahs.
(Photo shows Corey and Margaux Parker with their two elder children)
Politician Alistair Coe, and his wife Yasmin, welcomed their first child on May 16, and have named their son Angus Bruce. Angus Coe was born at John James Hospital, weighing 3.2 kg and 50 cm in length. He and his father share the same middle name – and the same initials, ABC.
Alistair is a member of the Liberal Party, and was elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in the Ginninderra electorate in 2008. He is the deputy leader of the ACT Liberals, and holds several shadow portfolios. Yasmin is in the public service, and she and Alistair were married last year.
Leigh Sales, host of the ABC’s 7.30 Report, and her husband, animator Phil Willis, welcomed their son James in March. James Willis was born at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and joins big brother Daniel, aged 2; Daniel’s birth was announced on the blog. Leigh is currently on maternity leave.
(Photo of Leigh and Daniel from Sydney Morning Herald)
Model Megan Gale, and her partner, AFL footballer Shaun Hampson, welcomed their first child on May 13 and have named their son River Alan Thomas. River Hampson was born at 4.47 am weighing 3.87 kg (8lb 5oz). Rivers is Megan’s mother’s maiden name, Alan is after Megan’s father, and Thomas after Shaun’s father.
Megan won a Perth modelling competition at the age of 18, and has modelled for Italian fashion houses and Australian designers. She has appeared in advertisements in Italy, and in 2003 was chosen by the Australian Tourist Commission to represent the face of Australia in Italy. She was ambassador for department store David Jones for ten years; the longest fashion contract in Australia. Megan retired from catwalk modelling in 2008 after fifteen years, and has also worked as an actress and television presenter. Currently she is the host of Project Runway Australia, and an ambassador for L’Oreal .
Shaun played for Carlton from 2007 to 2013, and this year has signed with Richmond. He and Megan have been dating since 2011.
Veteran journalist Peter Harvey was greatly loved and admired during his long career, and known to colleagues as “the voice of God”. A fifth-generation reporter, he won numerous awards for his work in Australia, Britain, and the United States. Peter passed away in March last year, and since then both his children have welcomed new babies to the family.
Peter’s daughter Claire Harvey is the deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and she is married to Ross Neilson, director of the Salmon Neilson Company, which offers communication, media, and governmental advice to corporations and industry groups. On September 30 they welcomed their first child, a son named Reg, who was born at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
Peter’s son Adam Harvey is a reporter on the ABC’s 7.30 Report, and he is married to Eliza Harvey, a presenter on the ABC’s Weekend Breakfast. Eliza is the daughter of award-winning journalist Geraldine Doogue, who for many years has been the host of ABC’s Compass, and retired journalist Tim Blue, who until recently was a senior finance writer for The Australian. At the beginning of the year, Adam and Eliza welcomed their son Sean.
With such pedigrees behind them, you would expect Reg and Sean to become their family’s 7th generation of journalists, but we will have to wait and see.
(Top photo shows Claire Harvey with baby Reg; bottom photo shows Adam and Claire with their parents Anne and Peter Harvey)
Comedian Hamish Blake, and his wife Zoe Foster Blake, welcomed their first child on May 10 and have named their son Sonny Donald. Sonny Blake shares his middle name with his father.
Hamish has been covered on the blog twice, once for his surname, and again for his first name. Zoe is a writer; her first novel, Air Kisses, was published in 2008, and her fourth, The Wrong Girl was released a few months ago. Zoe is also a blogger on beauty website Fruity Beauty, has written a book of beauty tips called Amazing Face, and has her own skin care range called Go To. She is the dating columnist at Cosmopolitan, and has written a dating and relationship guide called Textbook Romance, with contributions from Hamish. She writes a pop culture column for Sunday Style. Hamish and Zoe were married on December 11 2012, which was Hamish’s birthday.
Zoe and Hamish joked that they had called their baby Dracula Von Sandwich Twinklestar, and back in February, Zoe said in an interview that they still hadn’t decided on names, although there were several they liked and kept changing their minds. She noted that “odd” names are really popular now, and everyone is used to “kooky” names, so whatever name they picked would fit in. She did say they wouldn’t go “really crazy weird” though, as they would be naming an adult rather than a baby.
It sounds as if they were after a name that was “different but not too different”, and Sonny fits the bill, as it is not in the Top 100, but not too far away from it either.
Businesswoman Roxy Jacenko, who runs fashion PR firm Sweaty Betty, and her investment banker husband Oliver Curtis, welcomed their second child on April 30 and have named their son Hunter. Hunter Curtis is little brother to Pixie-Rose, aged 2, whose birth was announced on the blog.
Since we last met the Curtis family, Roxy and Oliver have got married, Roxy has released a new book and been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, Oliver has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to insider trading, and Pixie-Rose has already become a star on Instagram, with her own account. Busy, busy, busy!
Novelist Therese Creed, and her husband Cedric, welcomed their fifth child and first daughter on April 28, and have named her Annette Kathleen. Annette Creed weighed 3.2 kg (7lb 2oz).
Therese’s first romance novel, Redstone Station, was published last year and became a best seller. Her latest book, Charlotte’s Creek, will be released next month. When not writing, Therese helps run the family cattle station in Queensland. Cedric is a farmer; he met Therese when she was riding the Bicentennial National Trail from Victoria to Queensland in 2003/2004. They live in Bajool, about an hour from Gladstone.
Therese’s heroines are named Alice and Lucy, but her daughter has a much less common name. Parents in country areas seem more likely to choose retro and vintage names, and I think this one is charming.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, and his wife, Emma Page Campbell, welcomed their first child together yesterday, on Anzac Day, and have named their son Henry Ian Bennett. Henry Doyle was born at 4.20 pm at Frances Perry House, a private obstretric hospital in Melbourne. Robert has three adult children named Andy, Bridie and Antonia with his first wife Jennifer.
Robert is a Liberal Party politician, with a background in teaching and school administration. He won the seat of Malvern in the 1992 state election, and had several important roles in the Kennett government. After becaming leader of the Liberal Party he lost the 2002 election by a large margin, taking the party to its worst-ever defeat in Victoria. In 2006 he resigned as opposition leader, and ended his term as MP of Malvern after another severe defeat in the polls. The following year, he was appointed chairman of Melbourne Health, which operates Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2008, he was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Robert’s great-great grandfather, Robert Bennett, served as Mayor of Melbourne in the early 1860s.
Emma is a lawyer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which promotes Australian screen culture. She and Robert were married in 2011 while on holiday in New York City.
Henry Doyle has been jokingly referred to as “Melbourne’s royal baby”, and with a princely name and famous family name in the middle, he certainly sounds the part.