Jackson was born in Invercargill, to William Ernest Jackson and Lilliane Jane, née Solomon. She attended Epsom Girls' Grammar School, in Auckland, and in 1941 won the first Royal Academy of Dancing Scholarship in New Zealand.
In 1959, Jackson held the world record for multiple fouettés performed sur place.
Honours and awards
- "Jackson, Rowena Othlie, M.B.E". Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. 1966. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Dancer Rowena Jackson, new Prima Ballerina in the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company, in her dressing room at Covent Garden, London, February 25th 1954". Getty Images. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "No. 42233". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1960. p. 8928.
- The Ballerina Gallery – Rowena Jackson (archived copy in Internet Archive)
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