Dorothea McKellar was born in Sydney in 1858 into a well-established, wealthy family, and was educated privately at the University of Sydney. At 19 years old she wrote a poem, 'My Country', the second verse of which is perhaps the best known stanza in Australian poetry. Her family owned substantial properties in the Gunnedah district of New South Wales and it is in this town which claims her as their own, there a statue of her on horseback has been erected.

Dorothea died in 1968


Dorothea Mackeller Poems

My Country

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,... more »

In A Southern Garden

WHEN the tall bamboos are clicking to the restless little breeze,
And bats begin their jerky skimming flight,
And the creamy scented blossoms of the dark pittosporum trees,
Grow sweeter with the coming of the night.... more »


This life that we call our own
Is neither strong nor free;
A flame in the wind of death,
It trembles ceaselessly.... more »

Dorothea Mackeller Quotes

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Beatrice Hawkins 30 Sep 2008 06:10
Words to Dorothea McKellar poem In a Southern Garden required