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 Dorothea Mackellar

Dorothea Mackellar

Birth
Point Piper, Woollahra Municipality, New South Wales, Australia
Death 14 Jan 1968 (aged 82)
Paddington, Woollahra Municipality, New South Wales, Australia
Burial Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Plot Section 6, 832-833 Vault L
Memorial ID 8744 · View Source
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Poet. Born Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar at Dunara, Point Piper, Sydney, Australia, the only daughter of Marion and Charles Mackeller, a physician and parliamentarian. She was educated at home and traveled widely, becoming fluent in French, Spanish, German and Italian. In 1908, her best-known poem, 'My Country' which she wrote at age 19, was first published in the London 'Spectator' under the title 'Core of My Heart.' It was reprinted several times in Australia before being included as 'My Country' in her first book, 'The Closed Door, and Other Verses' (1911). She published 'The Witch-Maid, and Other Verses' in 1914, the novel, 'Outlaw's Luck' (1913) and more collected verse in 'Dreamharbour '(1923); and 'Fancy Dress' (1926). During and after World War I 'My Country' became one of the best-known poems by an Australian, appealing to a sense of patriotism. After her father's death in 1926, her output dwindled to almost nothing, and after her mother's death in 1933, suffered from indifferent health. In the New Year's Day Honors of 1968, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to Australian literature. She died two weeks later, after a fall at home, at the age of 82. Her ashes were laid in the family vault in Waverly Cemetery, her poem 'Colour,' her personal favorite, was read at the service. In 1983, a memorial dedicated to her was unveiled in ANZAC Park, Gunnedah, Australia. The following year, the 'Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards' were created, and have since grown into a nationwide poetry competition for Australian students.

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  • Added: 7 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8744
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothea Mackellar (1 Jul 1885–14 Jan 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8744, citing Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .