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Eric Rolls Eric Rolls i(A10160 works by) (a.k.a. Eric C. Rolls; Eric Charles Rolls)
Born: Established: 25 Apr 1923 Grenfell, Grenfell - Quandialla area, Blayney - Cowra - Grenfell area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 31 Oct 2007 Camden Haven, Camden Haven area, Hastings River area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Eric Rolls was born to a farming family, and was first educated through the New South Wales Correspondence School. He went to Fort Street High School, then served with the Australian Imperial Force in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville. From 1948 till 1986 he farmed in the central-north of New South Wales.

A writer for both adults and children, Rolls' work is energetic and reflects a range of moods and styles. As well as poetry, he has written a number of prose works on a diverse range of topics. These range from Australia's natural history and conservation, such as in From Forest to Sea : Australia's Changing Environment (1993) and Australia : A Biography (2000), to food (A Celebration of Food and Wine (1997) and a two-volume history, Sojourners : the epic story of China's centuries-old relationship with Australia (1992) and its sequel Citizens (1996). In 1995 Rolls was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Canberra, and in 1991 he became an Australian Creative Fellow.

Major source : Oxford Companion to Australian Literature

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon A Million Wild Acres : 200 Years of Man and an Australian Forest Melbourne : Nelson , 1981 Z816342 1981 single work non-fiction 'Here is a contentious story of men and their passion for land; of occupation and settlement; of destruction and growth. By following the tracks of these pioneers who crossed the Blue Mountains into northern New South Wales, Eric Rolls - poet, farmer and self-taught naturalist - has written the history of European settlement in Australia. He evokes the ruthlessness and determination of the first settlers who worked the land -- a land they knew little about.
Rolls has re-written the history of settlement and destroyed the argument that Australia's present dense eucalypt forests are the remnants of 200 years of energetic clearing. Neither education nor social advantage decided the success of the first settlers, or those squatters, selectors, stockmen and timber getters who helped grow the Pilliga forest. Few men were more violent than John Macarthur, few rogues more vigorous than William Cox, few statesmen more self-seeking than William Wentworth.
Rolls' environment teems with wildlife, with plants and trees, with feral pigs; with the marvellous interaction of insects and plants, rare animals and birds. The lovely tangle which is the modern forest comes to life as Rolls reflects on soils, living conditions, breeding and ecology' (GHR Press website).
1982 shortlisted National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
1981 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year
1981 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
1981 winner FAW C J Dennis Literary Award for Natural History
y separately published work icon The River Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1974 Z398566 1974 single work autobiography
1975 winner Braille Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon They All Ran Wild : The Story of Pests on the Land in Australia Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z1299353 1969 single work prose This 'influential masterpiece of farmer and poet Eric Rolls (1923-2007), was born of concern for settler Australian land management practices. Its topic is introduced species; its strength lies both in its formidable research and in the quality of the writing, which, while recounting distressing events and consequences, also celebrates the land and its creatures in a beautiful, unadorned style' (Ruth Blair, World Literature Today, 83.1 (2009): 54).
1970 winner Captain Cook Bicentenary Awards
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