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Helen Haenke at Rockton:
A creative life


A visual celebration of the life of this respected artist and author, offering a selection of her finest artworks, poems, fiction and letters, and documenting her valuable contribution to Queensland cultural history.

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Rockton, one of Ipswich’s historic homes and listed with the National Trust, was also home for many years to one of south-east Queensland’s most prolific writers and poets. A true artist, Helen Haenke devoted much of her life to the vibrant cultural creative scene of the 1960s and 1970s – opening her home to contemporaries such as Rodney Hall, Thomas Shapcott, Bruce Dawe and Oodgeroo Noonuccal. A one-time student of highly controversial artist Max Meldrum, Haenke also trained as a graphic artist and continued to paint throughout her life.

Helen Haenke

Helen Haenke

Helen Haenke (1916–1978) was a writer of poetry, prose, short stories and plays, as well as a fine artist. She lived in the historic home of Rockton in Ipswich, Queensland, and did much of her writing there. She has published two collections of poems, The Good Company (1977) and Prophets and Honour (1979), and several of her plays found homes on the stage. Acknowledged as a promising writer, Helen Haneke was a prolific contributor to the arts scene of south-east Queensland. Helen Haenke at Rockton draws on the extensive collection of her writing and papers contained in The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library.