Australia [poem by Dorothea Mackellar, 1945?]

[Editor: A poem by Dorothea Mackellar.] “Australia” She is a woman tall and brown And supple as a swaying vine; The blood that races through her veins Is red and fierce like southern wine. Her lazy arms are strong as steel, She has the gladiator’s grace, The panther’s undulating tread And tireless velvet-footed pace. Soft […]

Australia’s Men [poem by Dorothea Mackellar, 7 August 1915]

[Editor: This poem by Dorothea Mackellar was published in The Armidale Chronicle (Armidale, NSW), 7 August 1915.] Australia’s Men. There are some that go for love of a fight And some for love of a land, And some for a dream of the world set free Which they barely understand, A dream of the world […]

Fractures [poem by Dorothea Mackellar, 7 January 1928]

[Editor: This poem by Dorothea Mackellar was published in The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 7 January 1928.] Fractures. When I was very little I heard the grown-ups say Old Reuben’s leg was broken — It filled me with dismay, For when I broke my doll’s leg The piece came clean away. So two or […]

Core of My Heart [“My Country”, poem by Dorothea Mackellar, 24 October 1908]

[Editor: This famous poem by Dorothea Mackellar was originally entitled “Core of My Heart”, although it was later re-titled as “My Country”. Published in The Register (Adelaide, SA), 24 October 1908; it was first published in The Spectator (London, UK), 5 September 1908. “My Country” was included in Dorothea Mackellar’s first book of poetry, The […]