Australian playwright who wrote the 1978 play Breaker Morant, which was based on the life of Australian soldier Harry Morant.
He was an exceptional athlete who also displayed early promise as a creative writer.
His play Breaker Morant was made into a film that won ten Australian Film Institute Awards in 1980.
His first wife was Dawn Halliday, the daughter of a Portland politician.
He discovered the brilliance of Shakespeare after seeing a production of The Wars of the Roses, starring Ian Holm.