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My Country - Dorothea Mackellar

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Sometime before 1908, while on a visit to England, a homesick young Australian woman put her thoughts down on paper in a poem she called 'Core of My Heart'.


This famous poem (later retitled 'My Country') is believed to have been directly inspired by Dorothea Mackellar's experience of life on the land, and her love of the Allyn River district, NSW.

From 1898 to 1901, the Mackellars owned Torryburn station, near East Gresford, NSW, during one of the region's driest times. While holidaying at the property the family witnessed the breaking of a drought. In later life, Dorothea Mackellar recalled how, after the rain, the grass began to shoot across the parched, cracked soil of the paddocks and, as she watched from the verandah, the land to the horizon turned green before her eyes.

Dorothea Mackellar's iconic verse is now regarded by many Australians as the universal statement of our nation's connection to the land.

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For a biography of Mackellar, see: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/ (accessed April 9, 2010)

Dorothea Mackellar dressed as one of the Graces for Mrs T.H. Kelly's Italian Red Cross Day tableaux at the Palace Theatre
20 June 1918
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Core of my heart - poem
Dorothea Mackellar
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Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) is best known as a poet, the author of 'My Country', first published in 1908 under the title 'Core of My Heart'. She also wrote three novels.

Core of my heart -poem p.2
1908
Dorothea Mackellar
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Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) is best known as a poet, the author of 'My Country', first published in 1908 under the title 'Core of My Heart'. She also wrote three novels.

Core of My heart - poem p.3
1908
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