On this day, 5th September 1908, Dorothea Mackellar’s poem
My Country was first published under the title of Core of My Heart.
The State Library of New South Wales has the manuscript of this poem in its collections.
Dorothea Mackellar wrote this poem as a homesick young Australian, while on a visit to England. Read more in our Discover Collections.
This iconic verse is now regarded by many Australians as the universal statement of our nation’s connection to the land.