Birth of Dorothea Mackellar

July 01, 2018

On 1 July 1885, Dorothea Mackellar – Australian bush poet, fiction writer and author of perhaps our best known and beloved poem “My Country”, was born in Point Piper, Sydney NSW.

At age 19, Mackellar penned her most famous poem while homesick in England.  My Country echoed her experiences living for several years on her brothers’ farms near Gunnedah, NSW (and in the Hunter Valley) where she had also become a proficient horsewoman. Mackellar's experiences spanned the “Federation Drought” which, after nearly a decade of low rainfall (interleaved with rare heavy downpours) across most of Australia (and a particularly dry 1902), the Drought broke with some record deluges and flooding over 1903.

The second stanza of My Country describes so well the Australian continent and climate then - and, despite what Tim Flannery and other climate alarmists spout - continues today:

“I love a sunburnt country,
a land of sweeping plains
of ragged mountain ranges
of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!”

For My Country, Outlaw's Luck and her significant contribution to Australian literature, Mackellar was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1968, just two weeks before her death (after an extended period of ill health).

Since the 1980s, the “Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards” has been a nationwide poetry competition for Australian school students named in her great honour. The Northern Sydney based federal electorate of Mackellar is named in her honour.

Celebrate the birth and life of this Aussie poet and cultural icon by:

  • visiting the splendid Dorothea Mackellar memorial in ANZAC Park, Gunnedah and/or the town’s Mackellar Centre, which displays over 30 water colour paintings (by Jean Isherwood) illustrating her most famous poem, My Country
  • reading (or reciting out loud) her poems such as My Country, or her personal favourite, Colour (which was read at her funeral service in St Mark’s Church, Darling Point, Sydney in 1968)
  • reflecting on the climate alarmism of Tim Flannery and so many others during the ‘Millennium’ drought - which broke with floods, deluges and record rains - in keeping with Australia's climate record,
  • making plans to visit the Australian Outback, such as the natural wonder of birdlife flocking to the floodwaters ending their 1,000km journey to Lake Eyre in South Australia, and/or
  • share this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, fellow Aussie patriots and those in love with our land and the culture it has helped nurture.


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