We were saddened this week to read of the death of West Australian poet Alec Choate.
Alec Choate was born in England in 1915 and migrated to Western Australia in 1922. He was educated at Gwelup Primary School and Hale School. He served in the AIF in the Middle East and the Pacific in the Second World War. After the war he worked as a surveyor with the Public Works Department.
He published seven collections of poetry and edited Summerland: A Western Australian Sesquicentenary Anthology of Poetry and Prose (1979). He won numerous awards including the 1997 Premier’s Book Award for Poetry for his collected war poems, The Wheels of Hama.
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