Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) is the writer of one of Australias most famous poems, "MY COUNTRY."
Dorothea was born at Point Piper which overlooks Sydney Harbour. She never married and died two weeks after she was made an Officer of the British Empire.
The Mackellar family owned several properties in the Gunnedah area, of which Dorothea often visited, staying with her brothers and still enjoying riding the Horses on the farms.
"My Country", was actually written in England at a time when Dorothea was feeling homesick. Never quite content with the verses, she wrote and re-wrote the poem several times after returning to Australia.
It is a beautiful poem that truly epitomizes Australia.
She is remembered in a memorial next to the Tourist Information centre.
The website has the full version of the poem.
There is more than the usual reason to visit this Information Centre!
Last time we were here, a Koala was snoozing in the tree beside the centre. Well, this time, no such luck, but if you ask the staff, they will tell you where to find one if somebody has reported a sighting. Of course, it depends on the time between the sighting and when you arrive.
We went to where one had been seen, but no luck, the Koala had moved on.
The information centre has all the usual information and brochures, plus some souvenirs for sale.
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