Geoffrey Lehmann

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Geoffrey Lehmann (born 28 June 1940) is an Australian poet, children's writer, and tax lawyer. Lehmann grew up in McMahon's Point, Sydney, and attended the Shore School in North Sydney. He graduated in arts and law from the University of Sydney in 1960 and 1963 respectively. In 1961, he demonstrated in a student newspaper article that fellow student Robert Hughes had published plagiarised poetry by Terence Tiller and others, and a drawing by Leonard Baskin.[1]

Lehmann was the first Australian poet[citation needed] to be published by the London publishing house Faber and Faber.

Lehmann has worked as a solicitor in his own small law firm, as an academic lawyer at the University of New South Wales, and as a corporate tax lawyer, having retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers. He continues to write as a literary reviewer for The Australian newspaper.


  • The Ilex Tree (1965) (with Les Murray) poems
  • A Voyage of Lions and other poems (1968) poems
  • Comic Australian Verse (1972) editor, poems
  • Conversation with a rider (1972) poems
  • Australian Primitive Painters (1974) editor, art
  • A Spring Day in Autumn (1974) novel
  • Selected Poems (1976) poems
  • Ross' Poems (1978) poems
  • Nero's poems: Translations of the public and private poems of the Emperor Nero (1981) poems
  • The Younger Australian Poets (1983) editor with Robert Gray
  • Children's Games (1990) poems
  • Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century (1992) editor with Robert Gray
  • Spring Forest (1994) poems
  • Taxation Law in Australia (1994) with Cynthia Coleman text-book
  • The Balloon Farmer (1996) with Betty Greenhatch, children's book
  • Collected Poems (1997) poems
  • Sky Boy (2001) with Caroline Magerl
  • Baking at Night and other poems (2003)
  • Australian Poetry Since 1788 (2011) editor with Robert Gray
  • Poems 1957-2013 (2014)


  1. ^ Coombs A Sex and Anarchy: The life and death of the Sydney Push Viking Penguin Books (Australia, 1996) pp 158-9

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