Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) OBE the author of "My Country". I like thousands of other Aussie school children learn't  this beautiful poem off by heart and had to recite it at primary school in the 70's. As an adult it is one of my favourite poems. There are actually 6 stanzas but the best known (the second) begins with " I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains..". the poem was orignially called "Core of my heart"

Dorothea Mackellar OBE Australian poet and fiction writer. The author of "My Country" a very famous poem about Australia. The second stanza is the most famous " I love a sunburnt country"

Dorothea Mackellar

Dorothea July 1885 – 14 January was an Australian poet and fiction writer. Her poem My Country is perhaps the best known Australian poem.

A young Dorothea Mackellar. Born into a wealthy family she was tutored at home in the arts of painting, fencing, and languages. She was a keen horsewoman and loved riding side saddle on the family properties in the Hunter Valley and Gunnedah. Dorothea also loved acting as a girl. Politics also became a life long interest.She never married.

Dorothea Mackellar dressed as one of the Graces for Mrs T. Kelly's Italian Red Cross Day tableaux at the Palace Theatre, 20 June 1918 / Glen Broughton. State Library of NSW Collection.

The second and most well known verse

I love a sunburnt country by

13.   Core of my heart

Another Australia picture. This place has been on my bucket list for a while. Who doesn't want to see kangaroos happily hopping around at sunset?

11.    brown land (Boab trees Kimberley WA)

A Sunburnt Country - Baobab trees in the Kimberley surrounded by desert plains

5. and flooding rains

An ill wind … dust storms and lightning near Coolamon, in the .

A slightly more modern version!

Nothing like being a true blue aussie

"Though earth holds many splendours   Wherever I may die  I know to what brown country  My homing thoughts will fly"   Dorothea MacKellar   (Cradle Mountain Tasmania).  Mine too!

"Though earth holds many splendours Wherever I may die I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly" Dorothea MacKellar (Cradle Mountain Tasmania).


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