Chronology: General

2009 August 27: 85th birthday, unveiling new website which includes selected works from Rogue Moons.

2006 September 15: Poetry Reading Red Chamber Qld Parliament House, Brisbane Writers Festival 2006.

2006 September 9: Poem “All Wars”, Weekend Australian Review

2006 September 2: Review of “The Brown Island and Other Poems”, and “The Cave in the Sky:  Poems at Eighty”, Weekend Australian Review.

2005: Commemorative Medal for “Service to Australia” in World War II.

2004 September & October:  Brisbane Writers’ Festival.  On the occasion of 80th birthday invited to participate as reader and speaker.

2004 August 27: 80th Birthday.  Manuscript of new book of verse, “The Cave in the Sky”.  Poems at 80, prepared, and new prose work, “By the Mississippi Dreaming & Death at Maiden Rock:  A Storybook”, prepared for publication.

2004 August 19:  Invited as author and nephew of Great Uncle Charles Rowbotham, Toowoomba Mayor 1901, 1902, to be guest speaker and reader, University of Southern Queensland for Toowoomba Centenary Year, celebrating the town’s 100 years as a City.

2004 March 13:  “Promenade” printed in the Weekend Australian Review.

2003 October 25: “Requiem” printed in the Weekend Australian Review.

2003 October 25:  Full page article (with photo and poem “Requiem”) entitled “Surviving the Winter of Discontent”, by Adrian McGregor, Page 4, Books Extra, The Weekend Australian Review.

2003 August 3: Represented by bronze plaque on Wall of Achievement, Toowoomba Grammar School.

2002 December: Life, Work and “Poems for America” (published 2002), the subject of an article entitled “Invested with Surprise:  A Visit with David Rowbotham” in ANTIPODES.  Article by General Editor Dr Nicholas Birns of New School University, New York.  ANTIPODES – Journal of the American Association for Australian Literary Studies.  “Poems for America may well be one of the first Australian poetry books of the twenty-first century that will survive as only art can.”

1999: Archibald Prize runner-up portrait 1958 by Andrew Sibley acquired by Pictorial Gallery of National Library of Australia.

1994: Launch of Penguin Selected Poems:  David Rowbotham 1945-1993.  Sought by reviewer David Gilbey of Southern Cross University as nomination for Patrick White Prize.

1992 June 6:  Special Queensland Day Issue.  The Courier-Mail, Weekend.  Listed among Photos in “A Salute to Our Top 100 Achievers who have helped shape Queensland”.

1991: Order of Australia (AM). For services to Literature and Journalism.

1988: Emeritus Fellowship in Australian Literature (“For Contribution to the National Heritage”), awarded by Australia Council (Literature Board).

1987-88: Cultural Visitor, USA.

1987-: Member, International Federation of Journalists.

1987-: Reserve Member, Australian Journalists’ Association.

1985: Guest, British Arts Council, England.

1982: Delegate, Commonwealth Games Literary Congress, Brisbane.

1982: President Fellowship of Australian Writers (Queensland Branch).

1981: Delegate, World Congress of Poets, San Francisco.

1980-87:  Literary Editor and Theatre Critic, Brisbane Courier-Mail.

1976: Cultural Visitor, Italy.

1974: Guest Lecturer, Japan-Australia Cultural Centre, Tokyo.

1972: Commonwealth Literary Fund Overseas Travel Grant.

1970-80: Inaugural fulltime Arts and Literary Editor, Brisbane Courier-Mail.

1970: Commonwealth Literary Fund Lecturer, Adelaide Festival of Arts.

1970: Bicentenary Medal and poetry prize NSW Captain Cook Literary Competitions.

1970’s- : Member, NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle.

1969: Xavier Society Award for Poetry.

1969:  David the subject of a book by John Strugnell: “Focus on David Rowbotham” (Queensland University Press)

1965-70: Senior Tutor, English Department, University of Queensland.

1964: Commonwealth Literary Fund Lecturer in Australian Literature, University of Queensland.

1964: B.A. University of Queensland.

1964: Grace Leven Prize for Poetry.

1963: Helped found, with Dal Stivens, the Australian Society of Authors. Foundation Councillor.

1963-1973: State President Australian Society of Authors.

1962: Founding Member Warana (now Brisbane) Writers’ Festival.

1962: Founding Member, Adelaide Festival of Arts.

1961: Commonwealth Literary Fund Lecturer in Australian Literature, University of New England.

1958: Archibald Prize Portrait by Andrew Sibley, runner-up.

1958 July 28: Daughter Jill (Journalist) born Brisbane.

1956-63: National book-reviewing Panellist, ABC.

1956: Commonwealth Literary Fund Lecturer in Australian Literature, University of Queensland.

1955-64: Staff Reporter and Feature Writer, Brisbane Courier-Mail.

1955 May 13: Daughter Beverley (Doctor) born Toowoomba.

1950’s-60’s: Regular Local and State-wide Lecturer Adult Education, Queensland, from Moreton Bay to the Gulf Country by rail, road and air.

1952-1964: As per Toowoomba chronicle and Municipal Library, 1952-55, and the Brisbane Courier-Mail and Oxley Library, 1955-64, meetings held with Sir Lionel Lindsay, of Warawee, Sydney, and Bill Bolton of Cobb & Co, Toowoomba, and articles and features on history of Cobb & Co and interviews with Bolton and Lindsay:  instrumental in ensuring establishment and public support of the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery, Toowoomba.

1952-55: Fulltime Staff Columnist, Toowoomba Chronicle.

1949-52: Sydney and London Correspondent, Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Provincial Press.

1952 January 14: Married Ethel Jessie Matthews, Registered Nurse, of Waikari, New Zealand, at Wallington, Surrey, England.

1951-52: Editorial Assistant, Encyclopaedia Britannica, London.

1950-51: Editorial Assistant, Australian Encyclopaedia ed. A.H. Chisholm, Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

1949: Assistant Housemaster Knox Gammar School, Wahroonga.

1949: Sydney Morning Herald Literary Competitions prize for poetry.

1949: Poem “Convoy” published Southerly Magazine, University of Sydney.

1949: Henry Lawson Prize, University of Sydney.

1948: Editor University of Queensland Literary Magazine “Galmahra”.

1948: Ford Memorial Medal for Poetry, University of Queensland.

1944-1946: Contributions to Toowoomba Chronicle, Brisbane Telegraph, Rydges Journal and other magazines.

1942-45: The Pacific Star, Campaign Medal for active service in World War Two.  Advance Party RAAF Bougainville Wireless Operator 112 Mobile Fighter Sector.

1940: Poem “Time” published in the Toowoomba Grammar School magazine.

1940:  Queensland State Dickens Fellowship Essay Prize, Toowoomba Grammar School.

1928 June 23: Sister, Joan, born Brisbane.

1924 August 1924: Born in Toowoomba to Harold and Phyllis (nee Hopper) Rowbotham.