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Australia’s first literary work & first female writer recognised by UNESCO

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Celebrated poet Dorothea Mackellar will become the first Australian woman writer to be honoured by UNESCO when the only known manuscript copy of her famous poem ‘My Country’ is officially included on the Australian Memory of the World register on  9 February 2017.

In a double first, the poetry notebook ‘Verses 1907‐1908’, which records Mackellar’s creative output in her breakthrough year, when ‘Core of my heart’ (later ‘My Country’) was first published (on 5 September 1908), will become the first Australian literary work to be added to Australian register.

According to acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Lucy Milne: “Generations of Australians have come to cherish Dorothea Mackellar’s iconic verse and I am so pleased UNESCO has recognised this extraordinary writer who has left a permanent landmark in Australia’s rich literary heritage.” 

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