Wallace, Rowena

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Wallace, Rowena Gender: F
Rowena D. Wallace
born on 23 August 1947 at 08:10 (= 08:10 AM )
Place Coventry, England, 52n25, 1w30
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 29°19' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°43 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 20°46'

Rowena Wallace
photo: Eva Rinaldi Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q37885816 Eva Rinaldi Description Australia, license cc-by-sa-2.0


English-born Australian actress, most especially in the genre of soap opera. She is best known for her Gold Logie-winning role as Patricia "Pat the Rat" Hamilton/Morrell/Palmer in Sons and Daughters (1982-1985, 1987).

An only child, Wallace moved to Australia with her parents when she was five. Initially she grew up in Cairns and later moved to Brisbane at the age of 12 years. There, she attended high school and joined the Twelfth Night Theatre. At age fifteen, having left school, Wallace decided to become an actress. She joined an advertising agency while still performing in the theatre at night. Her first television role was in Brisbane as an entertainer on the variety show Theatre Royal. She also hosted the afternoon news and weather and a children's show. At the age of nineteen, Wallace was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine). She has required painkillers almost continuously since then.

While Wallace was working in television in Brisbane, Barry Creyton persuaded the producers of a new series to fly her down to Sydney to audition for the lead role in their show; as a result Wallace won the role of Margie Harris in You Can't See 'Round Corners (1967) and moved to Sydney. After completing Corners, she went on to star as the juvenile lead in a hit comedy stage production with John McCallum and Googie Withers. The show, Relatively Speaking, played to packed audiences in Melbourne.

Wallace co-starred in the TV series The Rovers (1969-1970) and the film Squeeze a Flower (1970), opposite international film veteran, Walter Chiari. In 1973 she married George Assang (1927-1997), a Thursday Island-born jazz singer known professionally as Vic Sabrino. They had co-starred in the TV series Barrier Reef (1970-1972), the first series in the world to feature extensive colour underwater filming on location. The marriage lasted just over a year, and Wallace has had no long-term relationships since then.

In the late 1970s she appeared frequently in Australian television, with an ongoing role in the soap opera Number 96 (1975–1976), followed by a regular role in the police drama Cop Shop (1977-1979), playing policeman's wife Pamela Taylor. After leaving that series she played a mentally unbalanced remand prisoner named Anne Griffin in Prisoner for several weeks in late 1980.

Wallace's most famous role was in the soap opera "Sons and Daughters," in which she played Patricia Dunne/Hamilton/Morrell/Palmer; starting in 1982. Nicknamed 'Pat the Rat,' the character became an immensely popular bitch figure in the series; its most famous character. In 1984, Wallace won a Gold Logie for her role.

Wallace left Sons and Daughters after three years, with her final scenes going to air early in 1985 just after her Gold Logie win. The popularity of her character led to it being recast, with Belinda Giblin assuming the role of a returning Patricia after extensive cosmetic surgery had altered her facial features. Late in the show's run, with ratings in decline, Wallace was returned to the series in an attempt to boost the show's popularity. With Giblin remaining in the show, Wallace now played a new character, that of Patricia's long-lost identical twin sister Pamela.

Between July 1999 and November 2003, Wallace was collecting a disability support pension, despite being actively employed by television series such as Water Rats, Beauty and the Beast, and Good Morning Australia. In October 2005, she was charged with social security fraud, and given a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment.

Wallace did a few guest stints in the weeknight soap opera Home and Away as Donald Fisher's wife June Reynolds (2000-2003), she played Mary Casey in Neighbours in 2007, and she portrayed Melbourne gangland figure Judy Moran in Deadly Women in 2012.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Giblin, Belinda (born 2 March 1950). Notes: Co-stars in TV series "Sons and Daughters"
  • associate relationship with McGranger, Lynne (born 29 January 1953). Notes: Costars on "Home and Away," 2001-2003
  • compare to chart of Cilento, Diane (born 2 April 1932). Notes: By looks were often mistaken for each other


  • Relationship : Marriage 1973 (George Assang)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1974 (George Assang)
  • Work : Prize 1984 (Gold Logie)

Source Notes

Frank Clifford in his "British Entertainers" cites Phillip Lindsay who quoted Wallace personally. In January 2016 Clifford told Sy Scholfield that she had confirmed her data with him in person (Wallace appeared that month as Clifford's special guest at the FAA conference in Sydney).


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Silver)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Scoliosis)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime (Social security fraud)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, theatre, film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Sons and Daughters," 1981-1985, 1987)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Gold Logie)