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Born Geelong 1936
Educated at Geelong College 1957
Diploma of Graphic Art at RMIT
1958 Appointed as an artist at CSIRO to visually interpret
and communicate the results of scientific research.
1968 Began work as freelance designer, illustrator
Robert was appointed by the CSIRO in 1958 as an artist
to interpret and communicate the results of scientific research.
From 1968 Robert worked as a freelance designer, illustrator and
author. He was also a member of a United Nations team in Mexico
and Peru until 1975.
Robert has written and/or-illustrated more than 100
published books. These include children's picture books and fictional
stories for all ages. His nonfiction books mostly relate to history
, conservation, environment and health issues.
In 1968 Robert became the only Australian to be awarded
the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his international contribution
to book illustration.
Robert has designed many postage stamps for Australia.
Robert has also created a number of public murals in Geelong, Melbourne,
Canberra and the Gold Coast, Queensland. Also designs for bronze statues,
which include the "Poppykettle Fountain' in Geelong (now lost)
and the bronze doors to the Melbourne Cricket Club. His most recent
work is the design and working drawings for a tapestry, which was woven
by The Victorian Tapestry Workshop, to celebrate the 150 years of the
In 1999 Robert had a major retrospective exhibition in
Taipei, which travelled to other regions of Taiwan for a two month period.
Also in 1999 an exhibition of the original artworks and book launch
for' Around the World in 80 Days' , in London.
In 2002 Robert had a solo exhibition in Bologna, Italy
and works from Shakespeare were exhibited in New York.
In 2002 Robert's work featured in the inaugural exhibition
at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Massachusetts, with the
artwork from Charise Neugebauer's - 'Halloween Circus at the Graveyard
Lawn', being donated to the Museum by Robert.