Dorothea Mackellar

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains is a memorable line from the poem My Country, written by Dorothea Mackellar in 1908. It certainly is an apt description of the countryside around Gunnedah in north western NSW, where Dorothea spent a lot of time as a child and young adult.

Dorothea Mackellar is one of the few women to be honoured with a plaque on the Sydney Writers Walk at Circular Quay. Gunnedah remembers the famous poet with a statue of her as a young women on horseback. The town also has a Poets Drive, which is a self-guided drive tour of local landmarks that have been given a connection to a bush poem.

Dorothea Mackellar statue Gunnedah

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