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Roland Robinson (a.k.a. Roland Edward Robinson; Roland E. Robinson) b. 12 Jun 1912 d. 8 Feb 1992 (527 works by fr. 1940, 1 works taught in 2 units)

One of Australia's leading nature poets and talented collector of Aboriginal stories, Roland Robinson was brought to Australia when nine years old. After a brief education, he worked at various jobs, including rouseabout, boundary-rider, railway fettler, fencer, dam-builder, gardener, and ballet dancer, who trained under Helene Kirsova.

Robinson's first published verse appeared in Beyond the Grass-tree Spears (1944). His attraction to the landscape and his associated spirituality saw him connected with the Jindyworobak Movement, becoming one of the movement's most dedicated poets. While working in the Northern Territory during World War II, Robinson came into contact with Aboriginal tribal life, consolidating his interest in Aboriginal lore and narrative. During the 1950s, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Literary Fund, he collected stories from the Aborigines of New South Wales, later publishing them in several collections. In addition to these collections, Robinson published many more volumes of poetry, including Tumult of the Swans (1953) which won the Grace Leven Prize. He also wrote three widely admired autobiographies and a number of prose works on Aboriginal issues. In Minah (1995), it is stated that he 'believed that Aboriginal storytellers speak with a rhythm that transcribed as poetry and narratives in English. He scribed phonetically, making only minor punctuation changes'.

After working as a literary and ballet critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, Robinson was editor of Poetry Magazine (1965-69) and president of the Poetry Association of Australia. His work attracted a number of prizes and he received several honours, including the Patrick White Award (1988), the FAW Christopher Brennan Award (1989) and a D.Litt. from the University of Newcastle (1991).

Roland Robinson Roland Robinson , extract autobiography
— Appears in: The Penguin Book of Australian Autobiography Ringwood : Penguin , 1987 1987 (p. 161-168)
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Roland Robinson Roland Robinson , single work biography
— Appears in: Travelling with Percy : A South Coast Journey Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 1997 1997 (p. 95-98)
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Roland Robinson Peter Skrzynecki , single work poetry
— Appears in: Makar , August, vol. 6 no. 2 1970 1970 (p. 14-15)
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To Roland Robinson John Blight , single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 38 no. 4 1978 1978 (p. 456)
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The Vanishing Roland Robinson Ronald McCuaig , single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 November vol. 85 no. 4317 1962 1962 (p. 35-36)
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Elegy for Roland Robinson Peter Skrzynecki , single work poetry
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 February 1992 1992 (p. C9)
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Roland Robinson (1912-1992) : 'Mapooram' Geoff Page , single work criticism
— Appears in: Sixty Classic Australian Poems Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 2009 (p. 88-90)
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Sequence for Roland Robinson Alan Frost , single work poetry
— Appears in: Makar , May no. 18 1964 1964 (p. 6-7)
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To Roland Robinson Paul Conrad , single work poetry
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994 1994 (p. 87-88)
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form y separately published work icon Roland Robinson : The Land as Voice Roland Robinson , ( dir. Richard Tipping ) ,agent 1987 1987 single work film/TV interview y
Tapestry (for Roland Robinson) Vera Newsom , single work poetry
— Appears in: Midnight Snow Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1988 1988 (p. 34)
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For Roland Robinson Arthur Murphy , single work poetry
— Appears in: Reflections Richmond : Spectrum , 1992 1992 (p. 43)
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Swan and Roland Robinson Colin Thiele , single work poetry
— Appears in: Man in a Landscape Adelaide : Rigby , 1960 1960 (p. 10)
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In Memory of Roland Robinson Vera Newsom , single work poetry
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 October 1992 1992 (p. C8)
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The Roland Robinson Field Notebooks Robert Hefner , single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , March vol. 2 no. 6 1992 1992 (p. 11-13)
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y separately published work icon Roland Robinson Literary Award Series 1994- 1994 series - publisher poetry short story y
To Roland Robinson John Blight , single work poetry
— Appears in: The New City Poems Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1980 1980 (p. 100)
To Roland Robinson John Blight , single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1939-1990 St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1992 1992 (p. 193-194)
Elegy for Roland Robinson Peter Skrzynecki , single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Author , Autumn vol. 24 no. 1 1992 1992 (p. 27)
Elegy for Roland Robinson Peter Skrzynecki , single work poetry
— Appears in: Easter Sunday Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 1993 (p. 129-130)
Roland Robinson : Singer of His Country Heather Cam , single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 November 1988 1988 (p. 89)
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Thanksgiving (in Memory of Roland Robinson) Jean Talbot , single work poetry
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 6 February 1993 1993 (p. 44)
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In Memory of Roland Robinson Vera Newsom , single work poetry
— Appears in: Emily Bronte Re-Collects and Other Poems Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 1995 (p. 52-53)
Four poems : i.m. Roland Robinson Vera Newsom , sequence
— Appears in: High Tide Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2000 2000 (p. 44-48)
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Aboriginal Stories as Told to Roland Robinson : The Twin Stars single work short story
— Appears in: The Literary Review , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1963-1964 1963-1964 (p. 175-181)
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Aboriginal Stories as Told to Roland Robinson : The Rainbow Serpent single work short story autobiography
— Appears in: The Literary Review , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1963-1964 1963-1964 (p. 182-183)
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On Viewless Wings (for Roland Robinson) Donald Moore , single work poetry
— Appears in: Three Movements Andante Newcastle : Department of Community Programmes, University of Newcastle , 1980 1980 (p. 64)
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Aboriginal Stories as Told to Roland Robinson : The Three Brothers single work prose dreaming story
— Appears in: The Literary Review , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1963-1964 1963-1964 (p. 172-175)
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Interview with Darwin Community College's Writer-in-Residence, Roland Robinson single work interview
— Appears in: Northern Perspective , vol. 6 no. 1-2 1984 1984 (p. 24-27)
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Aboriginal Stories as Told to Roland Robinson : The Lovers of the Mountain single work short story
— Appears in: The Literary Review , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1963-1964 1963-1964 (p. 183-185)
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Aboriginal Stories as Told to Roland Robinson : The Three Brothers single work prose dreaming story
— Appears in: Australian Dreaming : 40,000 Years of Aboriginal History Sydney : Lansdowne , 1980 1980 (p. 13-14)
Poems Where I Make My Fires : The Poetry of Roland Robinson Carl Harrison-Ford , single work
— Appears in: New Poetry , vol. 19 no. 5 1971 1971 (p. 3-8)
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y separately published work icon Stories from a Lakeside City : Stories Selected for the 1995 Roland Robinson Literary Award Boolaroo : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1995 1995 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon Lines from a Lakeside City : Poems Selected for the 1994 Roland Robinson Literary Award Boolaroo : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1994 1994 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon The Perfect Climate : Stories Selected for the 2001 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 2001 2001 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon The Far-Off Stars : Poems Selected for the 2002 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 2002 2002 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon The Westerly : Poems Selected for the 2006 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 2006 2006 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon A Smudge of Sun : Stories Selected for the 2003 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 2003 2003 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon Lines from a Lakeside City : 1998 : Poems Selected for the 1998 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1998 1998 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon Lines from a Lakeside City 1996 : Poems Selected for the 1996 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1996 1996 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon Stories from a Lakeside City : Stories Selected for the 1999 Roland Robinson Literary Award Boolaroo : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1999 1999 selected work short story y
y separately published work icon Stories from a Lakeside City 1997 : Stories Selected for the 1997 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 1997 1997 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon The Uncontained Sea : Poems Selected for the 2000 Roland Robinson Literary Award Speers Point : Lake Macquarie City Council , 2000 2000 anthology poetry y
y separately published work icon The Bulletin Sydney : Bulletin , 1880-1961 1880 periodical (6777 issues) y
y separately published work icon Poetry Magazine Sydney : Poetry Society of Australia , 1961-1970 1961 periodical (102 issues) y
y separately published work icon Selected Poems Roland Robinson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 1971 selected work poetry y
y separately published work icon The Bulletin Sydney : CVC Asia Pacific , 2007-2008 1880 periodical (6777 issues)
y separately published work icon The Bulletin Sydney : Australian Consolidated Press , 1961-2007 1880 periodical (6777 issues)
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