Australian Women Poets

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women poets who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female poets such as Judith Wright, Ada Cambridge, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Mary Gilmore, Pam Brown.

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Judith Wright
(Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights)

Judith Wright
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Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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Mary Gilmore
(Journalist, Poet, Writer)

Mary Gilmore
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Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goulburn
Died: December 3, 1962

Mary Gilmore was an Australian writer and journalist. She wrote both prose and poetry and is recognized for her tremendous contribution to Australian literature. As a young woman, she became a school teacher and held utopian socialist views. She eventually started writing and gained fame as an author and poet later in life. 

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal
(Political activist, artist and educator, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.

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Dorothy Hewett
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Birthdate: May 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Dorothy Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, and playwright, often credited to be one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers. She studied English at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and wrote for a Communist newspaper under a pseudonym. Over time, she established herself as a prominent author of feminist literature. She received the Christopher Brennan Award.

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Pam Brown
(Writer, Poet, Performer)

Pam Brown
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Seymour, Australia

Pam Brown is an Australian poet and writer. A multi-talented woman, she worked in many jobs as a silkscreen printer, postal worker, and bookseller when young. Later on, she taught writing, multi-media studies, and film-making to students. She has also worked as a librarian. She is a recipient of the ALS Gold Medal, among other honors. 

Rosemary de Brissac Dobson
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Birthdate: June 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: June 27, 2012

Rosemary de Brissac Dobson had begun writing poetry at age 7. The Australian poet and anthologist had initially been an Angus and Robertson editor. She later won prestigious awards and honors such as the Patrick White Literary Award and the Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Ada Cambridge
(Australian-English writer)

Ada Cambridge
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Birthdate: November 21, 1844
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St Germans
Died: July 19, 1926

Ada Cambridge was an English-born Australian writer best known for her novels Materfamilias and Path and Goal. She wrote three volumes of poetry and more than 25 works of fiction. Several of her novels were serialized in newspapers. She became a famous writer and was chosen to be the first president of the Women Writers Club. 

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Anna Wickham
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Birthdate: 1884 AD
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Died: 1947 AD