Mr David Williamson AO

Mr David Williamson AO (BE 1965, HonDLitt 1990)

David Williamson AO (BE 1965, HonDLitt 1990) is one of Australia's best-known playwrights.

After graduating from Monash he worked as a design engineer at General Motors Holden and in 1966 he began lecturing in thermodynamics and social psychology at Swinburne Technical College.

Mr Williamson began writing and performing plays in 1968 with La Mama Theatre Company.

His work includes more than 36 plays and numerous films and television productions.

His plays The Removalists and Don's Party established his reputation on the stages of Europe and America.

His success in films is notable. He wrote the screenplays to Don's Party (1976), The Club (1980) and Phar Lap (1982).

He also collaborated with Peter Weir to make Gallipoli (1980) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).

Mr Williamson has won four AFI awards and 11 Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE awards.

He has received honorary doctorates of Literature from the University of Sydney (1988), Monash University (1990), Swinburne University of Technology (1996) and the University of Queensland (2004).

In 2005 he announced his retirement from main-stage productions for health reasons.

His retirement was short lived and he returned in 2008 with the Melbourne Theatre Company play Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot.

Don Parties On, Williamson's sequel to Don's Party, premiered in Melbourne and Sydney in early 2011.