For her most famous role as 'Pat the Rat' in Sons and Daughters, Rowena won the following awards:
1985 - Gold Logie (Most Popular Australian Personality)
1985 - Silver Logie (Best Lead Actress in a Series)
1984 - Silver Logie (Best Actress in a Series)
1984 - Silver Logie (Most Popular Actress)
1983 - Silver Logie (Most Popular Lead Actress)
When Rowena was 12-years-old, she began taking dance lessons and enrolled at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane, Queensland.
Rowena is an only child and at the age of five, moved to Australia with her parents, settling in Cairns, Queensland.
When Rowena was 19-years-old, she was diagnosed with Scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
Rowena attended Cairns Central State primary school, excelling at sports.
Rowena's parents are Margaret & Tom Wallace.
Rowena is an active campaigner in the cause of suicide prevention.
In 2000, Rowena was honoured on the Australian version of This Is Your Life.
In September 2002, Rowena performed in the critically acclaimed theatre production of Bench in Sydney.
In 2005, Rowena was found guilty of defrauding Centrelink.
Rowena: (on her autobiography) It will be interesting for people to know what was going on for me behind the headlines...It has been a very full life. But it's not as easy as I thought. It can be a very revealing thing to go back, reflect & remember all the things you had thought you had done away with. It's like opening a Pandora's box. All sorts of things come flying out - & some of those things hurt. Writing is such an interesting process, as you begin to get a different picture of yourself. You look at one side of the page & there are all the things I've done & what people have said about you, but the other side of that is what I remember & how I felt about it...it is a very cathartic experience & one that I am willing to go through.
Rowena: (on putting her legal problems behind her after defrauding Centrelink) I've certainly tried to. I was talking about it to someone the other day and started to get very upset about it, so it's obviously still there, sticking in the gut. I don't think I'll ever get over it or put it behind me or get closure. I did it. It's part of me and it will always be there, but I don't think about it purposely because I tend to lash out at myself and that's not very healthy.
Rowena: (on writing her autobiography) Having to look back over your whole life and remember things you didn't particularly want to remember, and discovering that you remember things differently… it can be quite cathartic sometimes and it can be quite painful other times.
Rowena: (on her short stint on Neighbours) It's difficult to get work in TV if you're a bit overweight or matronly, but this was a terrific role because I didn't have to worry that I wasn't a size 10. When we began doing the studio scenes, it (workload) came as such a shock. I began to think, 'God, am I past it?' It takes time to settle in. By the time I finished work there, it was fabulous fun. They asked me if I'd consider coming back and I said I'd love to.
Rowena: (on suffering from depression) It's on-going, but at least I've been fortunate enough to find the right medication for me. It's a process many people go through who have clinical depression. It can take years to find the right one. I've found the right one and the right dose and it's working extremely well. I'm also working hard on how I can monitor my depression and how I can play a bigger role in not allowing it to consume me. A lot of this is to do with the way one thinks and it's hard to change the way you've been thinking for 60 years. But it's worth a try. It's hardest when you're on your own. I'm not used to reaching out (to others for help) but I've had to learn to do that.
Rowena: (on being found guilty of defrauding Centrelink in 2005) It was just awful. I needed a lot of help to get through it. It's like my soul has been stained and that it (shame of the case) will always be with me. It's a reminder of how we can go terribly wrong. I got off quite lightly in a way, but then it's not nice to have a criminal record. The public has been so fantastic about all this. When it was happening, people would come up to me in the street and be so sympathetic and encouraging. It's nice to be affirmed when you are feeling you've done something so dreadful.
Rowena: (on being found guilty of defrauding Centrelink in 2005) I stood in a courtroom and I wanted to die. It was the worst feeling of my life and I wanted to run away and hide from everyone, but I couldn't - I had to face everyone, face what I'd done, face my friends and also face the public. A criminal record is not the sort of record I wanted to have. I feel like I'm marked by it, and stained as a soul.