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Awarded for service to the Arts
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Tasmania, Robyn Moore spent her early years on sheep and cattle stations from Tasmania to outback Queensland, where her father was a stockman. On these isolated properties, her creative imagination began to develop and the wireless became her ‘friend’. Educated at Sorell Area School and Ogilvie High School (elected Head Prefect in 1966), she started primary school teaching in 1972 and then specialised in drama and movement. Robyn also devised, wrote and performed in countless ABC educational radio programs and became ABC Liaison Officer in 1975.
In 1976, Robyn and her husband moved to Sydney. She quickly established herself as one of Australia’s most versatile performers as an actress, singer, national TV presenter and voice-over artist. For 30 years, her voice has been heard in almost every home in Australia in well-known TV and radio commercials, documentaries, training videos and animation productions. She created all the female voices in Australia’s longest-running radio comedy How Green Was My Cactus and has enchanted children as the voice of Blinky Bill. Three Blinky Bill animated TV series have been seen in more than 70 countries, extended into CDs and award-winning educational CD ROMS.
In 1998, Robyn was awarded the National Communicator of the Year Award for excellence in oral communication.
Robyn’s charity work reflects her desire for all children to be cherished and nurtured. She is the National Patron of Make-A-Wish Foundation, an Ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation (committed to ending child abuse in Australia) and has supported the Cancer Council, ABC Giving Tree, Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation, Ronald Macdonald House and student leadership bodies including the ‘Step To The Future’ Foundation. She also works with students at risk in several Tasmanian schools. She is the first Tasmanian to be an Ambassador for the Australia Day Council and speaks at Australia Day celebrations around the country.
All this experience and skill is expressed in Robyn’s ‘vocation’. Australia’s most in-demand female speaker, she speaks to about 40,000 people each year about ‘the power of the word’. She has a unique relationship with words and the ability to open up greater access to ‘life-altering’ communication. Her corporate and community audiences report transformation in attitude, behaviour, productivity, satisfaction and relationships at work and at home. Her art form is communication. Robyn’s personal slogan is: ‘Be an irresistible invitation to participate in life.’ Robyn has been married to Hal for 33 years, has two sons, Toby and Daniel, and chooses to live in Tasmania.