Famous Poets from Australia

List of notable or famous poets from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Australia and even some popular poets who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Australia is included when available.

This list features Dorothy Porter, Nick Cave and more.

This historic poets from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Australia?" These prominent poets of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian poets.

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  • A. D. Hope
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    Alec Derwent Hope (21 July 1907 – 13 July 2000) was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, teacher and academic. He was referred to in an American journal as "the 20th century's greatest 18th-century poet".
    • Age: Dec. at 92 (1907-2000)
    • Birthplace: Cooma, Australia
  • Adam Aitken is an Australian poet.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
  • Bernard O'Dowd
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    Bernard Patrick O'Dowd (11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953) was an Australian poet, activist, lawyer and journalist. He worked for the Victorian colonial and state governments for almost 50 years, first as an assistant librarian at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, and later as a parliamentary draughtsman.
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)
    • Birthplace: Beaufort, Australia
  • Bill Scott
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    William Neville "Bill" Scott OAM (4 October 1923 – 22 December 2005) was an Australian author, folklorist, songwriter, poet, and collector of bush ballads and Australian folk history. He has published anthologies of Australian bush songs, including the best selling book The Complete Book of Australian Folklore published in 1976. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 1992 for his contributions to folklore, folk music, and Australian literature. He was considered a living treasure, and his anthologies of songs and his donated collections continue his legacy.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)
    • Birthplace: Australasia, Australia, Bundaberg, Queensland
  • Christopher Keith "Chris" Wallace-Crabbe AM (born 6 May 1934) is an Australian poet and emeritus professor in the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Australia
  • Christopher Brennan
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    Christopher John Brennan (1 November 1870 – 5 October 1932) was an Australian poet, scholar and literary critic.
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1870-1932)
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney