Timeline of Life
Born in Victoria in 1930, now lives in Toowoomba, Queensland.
He is a contemporary Australian poet. His poems are written in the context of post-war Australia.
His poetry comments on Australian society and forces reader to question their place in Australian society.
Dawe’s poetry is accessible to a wide audience and often represents the experience of the ‘average’ Australian.
The Great Depression 1930- Bruce Dawe born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia 1939- World War II begins 1944- Dawe transfers to Northcote District High School and completed the Intermediate certificate 1954-1978
collected in the compilation “Sometimes Gladness”
1956- Left school to become a legal clerk. Returned to Melbourne, working as a postman, Hungarian revolution begins. Olympic G
ames held in Melbourne. “Burial Ceremony” relies
on both of these 1958- He was unemployed and almost destitute 1959- He joined the airforce and remained there for nine years in the education section --
“Enter Without So Much as Knocking” published
reflecting the values of the 1950’s whilst remaining true to the materialism of today’s
Australia 1962- Offered a contract by the publisher F.W. Cheshire. Stimulated further writing for a
collection entitled “No fixed Address”.
Married his wife, Gloria. Also dedicated his second volume of poetry “A Need of Similar Name”
1966- He was posted to Butterworth in Malaysia. Second poetry volume wins the Ampol Arts Award for creative literature --
“The Not So Good Earth” is published