Rex Ingamells

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Rex Ingamells
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BornReginald Charles (Rex) Ingamells
(1913-01-19)19 January 1913
Orroroo, South Australia, Australia
Died30 December 1955(1955-12-30) (aged 42)
Dimboola, Victoria, Australia
Period1935 - 1955
Literary movementJindyworobak Movement

Reginald Charles (Rex) Ingamells (19 January 1913 – 30 December 1955) was an Australian poet, generally credited with being the leading light of the Jindyworobak Movement.[1]

Rex Ingamells was born in Orroroo, South Australia to a Methodist minister, and attended Port Lincoln High School, where he became addicted to poetry. He later attended the University of Adelaide. After a trip at the turn of the thirties, Ingamells became fascinated with Indigenous Australian culture, and became inspired to found the Jindyworobaks a few years later.

In 1935, his first book Gum Tops was published. He died near Dimboola, Victoria in a car-crash in 1955.



  • Of Us Living Now (1952)
  • Aranda boy (1952)


  • Gumtops (1935)
  • Forgotten People (1936)
  • Sun-Freedom (1938)
  • Memory of Hills (1940)
  • Content are the Quiet Ranges (1943)
  • Unknown Land (1943)
  • Selected Poems (1944)
  • Come Walkabout (1948)
  • The Great South Land : An Epic Poem (1951)


  • Conditional Culture (1938)

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