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Famous Poets from Australia

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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.

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Australia
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Alec Derwent Hope AC OBE was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, teacher and academic. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 93 (1907-2000)

Birthplace: New South Wales, Cooma, Australasia, Australia

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Adam Aitken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Australia
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Adam Aitken is an Australian poet. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Bernard O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Australia
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Bernard Patrick O'Dowd was an Australian activist, educator, poet, journalist, and author of several law books and poetry books. O'Dowd worked as an assistant-librarian and later Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court at Melbourne for 48 years; he was also a co-publisher and writer for the radical paper Tocsin. Bernard O'Dowd lived to age 87. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 87 (1866-1953)

Birthplace: Beaufort, Australia

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Bill Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Australia
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William Neville "Bill" Scott OAM was an Australian author, folklorist, songwriter, poet and a 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)

Birthplace: Bundaberg, Australia

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