Over 47 years in the entertainment industry in Australia has seen Ronnie Burns emerge as a household name in many areas of television and ‘live’ entertainment. His talents surfaced in the pop recordings of the 60’s & 70’s,
stage acting - and he has appeared on almost all major television shows throughout Australia since 1963.
During this time he won numerous industry awards including a double Gold record award for ‘Smiley’ (1970) the anti-war protest song about Australian military involvement in Vietnam. His other hits included: ‘Age of Consent’, ‘The Prophet’ (by Johnny Young), ‘Coalman’ and ‘Exit Stage Right’ - the latter two penned for Ronnie by the Bee Gees.
Ronnie has hosted many television programs throughout his career: ‘The Go! Show’ (1968), ‘Long Play’ (Australia’s first Rock ‘n Roll quiz show), ‘Young Talent Time’ (1971 – 1990 randomly), ‘Healthy, Wealthy & Wise’ lifestyle program (1990-1994), ‘Strike it Lucky’ quiz show (1995), and his ratings winning ‘Prophecy & Prediction - Threat or Warning?’ (Nine network) which Ronnie co-produced, hosted and created the original documentary concept.
He was the principal of Ronnie Burns Architects & Interior Designers, a successful building, architectural and interior design company that flourished throughout the 80’s, designing and building up-market homes in the affluent suburbs of Melbourne. His architectural and building experience underpins the design and building components of the Appin Hall model – a French provincial style self-sustainable village (proposed 46 buildings) comprising agricultural education and supporting simple old-fashioned values. This quest is significantly aligned to current changes unfolding in our world – and a vital need to look at the increasing effects electronic technology is having on our young citizens.
He is the author of three books: ‘The Australian House Book’ an illustrated coffee table book and decor work manual (1996), ‘Prophecy & Prediction - Threat or Warning?’ (1999) a transcript of the guest interviews used in his television documentary special - and ‘The RONNIE BURNS Colour Picture Book’ (2012) a pictorial history of his life in the 60’s and 70’s.
Between 1996 and 2000 Ronnie was a principal member of the highly successful ‘Burns, Cotton & Morris’ band - a re-invention of his sixties career with two colleagues and Australian rock legends Darryl Cotton and Russell Morris.
Ronnie resigned from the band June 2000 to focus on the Appin Hall Children’s Foundation project in Tasmania.
Ronnie’s daughter, Lauren Burns, (38) triumphed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games winning a Gold Medal in Taekwondo. Throughout 2001/02 Lauren was World Vision’s Australian Ambassador for Land Mines in Cambodia. She received the Order of Australia (OAM) medal for her achievement at the Sydney
Games. Maggie and Ronnie’s son Michael (32) is involved in the planning of the
Appin Hall project in Tasmania.
Married to wife Maggie for over 45 years, they live in the north/west highlands of Tasmania building a respite, healing and integrated learning centre for children disadvantaged through serious illness, trauma, sexual abuse and grief throughout Australia. Appin Hall Children’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision (principle) for the protection and wellbeing of Australian children. Ronnie and Maggie’s extensive background supports this vision through the healing modalities of music, singing, dance and visual arts.
In 2011, Maggie won the ‘Pride of Australia’ Award - Care & Compassion, 2011. And they both won the ‘Community Achievement’ Award, Hobart 2012.
Ronnie Burns is a popular face on the Australian Speaking Circuit presenting a variety of topics to suit corporate events and conference market. His Keynote presentation provides a comprehensive overview of Appin Hall - and is geared to wide audiences featuring highlights of his 45-year career as a high profile
celebrity. Ronnie’s photographic montage supports his stories and friendships with people incl. Barry Gibb, Kylie Minogue, Billy Thorpe, Bon Scott (AC/DC), Molly Meldrum, Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham.
Ronnie’s appearance on the Nine Network’s 'This Is Your Life' (to-air Nov 2001) resulted in an outstanding national viewing audience of over 2 million people. Nine's Program Director, John Stevens, was pleased to report to Ronnie that His episode was the network’s top rating program that week, and the most popular response to the show (segment) in the history of the show.
Ronnie says, “We are living is a fast changing and transforming world that is challenging the very fabric of society, our values, and self assessment of our ability to live outside of the many closed systems which no longer serve the human spirit or the new ways in which we wish to operate business globally”.
Question & Answer time with Ronnie can often confront in order to attain clarity for individuals and teams builders.
Ronnie is also an experienced MC
In 2011/12/13, Ronnie toured Australia headlining the successful ‘Go! Show Gold’ reunion concert in all major cities – alongside Australian performers incl. Johnny Young, Normie Rowe, The Twilights, Brian Cadd, Glenn Shorrok, Dinah Lee, Bobby Bright, The Masters Apprentices, Darryl Cotton + MPD Ltd.
Ronnie was awarded the honor of becoming ‘Senior Tasmanian of the Year 2009 ‘ and Finalist (Australia Day - Canberra) for ‘Senior Australian of the Year’. Also in 2009, Ronnie won the inaugural Bryce Courtenay ‘Power of One Australian Hero Award’ ($50,000). He received the Australian Entertainment Industry ‘Mo Award’ John Campbell Fellowship Award 2012 – and also won the coveted Queens Birthday Honors List Order of Australia AM Medal, 2013.
Client Comments for Ronnie Burns AM
Ronnie Burns AM travels from Victoria Australia
- "You think Ronnie Burns is a wonderful entertainer? He is. He is also a visionary with an important message for all Australians. Ronnie will challenge the minds and hearts of audiences everywhere because what he has to say is not only meaningful - it is vital. He will confront apathy, challenge you to action and really make you think about what you are doing with your own life. Ronnie has a delightfully natural style that draws the audience in as his story unfolds. I was one of over 100 people who heard Ronnie speak at a conference
recently. From the first moment we were engaged. We laughed, felt proud, and we wanted to contribute. To say Ronnie's presentation was inspiring is not enough. Expose this man to audiences and watch what happens..."
- We found Ronnie's presentation both nostalgic and entertaining. His values and humility stood out as he delivered a diverse and professional address that made us feel happy and to be in the presence of such a genuine and committed Australian."
Peter Alexander Tasmania Fire Service
- " I recently had the good fortune to attend a Tasmanian Convention Bureau event, with Guest Speaker Ronnie Burns. Rarely have I enjoyed such a walk down memory lane, and came away both energised and inspired to brush the cobwebs off my dreams, And make a difference in the world. "
Ronald Gordon Pauley Living Vision