Australian poet known for Deaths and Pretty Cousins, Encounters, Man in the Honeysuckle, and other poetry collections. He was the recipient of both the Grace Leven Prize and the Kenneth Slessor Prize.
He received his bachelor's degree from Jesus College, Cambridge, where he also excelled at rugby.
He joined The Royal Australian Air Force in 1939.
He married Bonnie Edith Lawrence in 1940 and had three children with her. Following his divorce, he wed Judith Anne Jones.
He and Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White were literary contemporaries and fellow Australians.