Robert Crawford was born at Doonside, in the Western suburbs of Sydney, in 1868. He is believed to have been educated at the King’s School, Parramatta, and to have subsequently attended the University of Sydney, but little else is known of his life. He died at Lindfield, Sydney, on 13 January 1930.
Crawford began publishing his poems in the Bulletin about 1898, and in 1899 won a contest organised by the Bulletin’s literary editor, A. G. Stephens, for the best haiku with an Australian reference. His first poetry collection, Lyric Moods: Various Verses, made up largely of his contributions to the Bulletin, was self-published in 1904, and five years later an expanded edition was published by Lothian in Melbourne. Another collection, The Leafy Bliss, was published in 1921 with an expanded, second edition appearing in 1924; these were published by A. G. Stephens, who remained an admirer of Crawford’s work.Poetry Collections
- Lyric Moods: Various Verses (Newtown, NSW: [the author], 1904).
- Lyric Moods (Melbourne: Lothian, 1909).
- The Leafy Bliss (Sydney: Bookfellow, 1921).
- The Leafy Bliss, 2nd ed., enlarged (Sydney: Bookfellow, 1924).
- Robert Arthur Broinowski, “The Opinions of Mr. Crawford,” The Bulletin, 5 September 1928.
- Robert Crawford, “A Shopman and His Wares,” The Bulletin, 15 August 1928.