Mackellar, Dorothea

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Dorothea Mackellar
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Mackellar, Dorothea Gender: F
born on 1 July 1885 at 02:15 (= 02:15 AM )
Place Point Piper, Australia, 33s52, 151e14
Timezone LMT m151e14 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 08°57' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 13°56 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 05°43'


Australian poet whose stanza "I love a sunburnt country" is one of Australia's best-known pieces of lyric verse, taken from "My Country," written in 1904. Her famous poem was first published in the Spectator in London on 12/31/1908.

The daughter of a hospital director and a socialite, Mackellar studied at the U. of Sydney. Due to her family status, she moved in the elite social and intellectual circles of both Sydney and London. Her first volume of poems, "The Closed Door," was published in 1911. She continued to write until 1943 but interest in her work waned. She never married and after a stroke, died on 1/14/1968.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Career 1904 (Lyrical poem written)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 31 December 1908 at 12:00 noon in London, England (Release of poetry)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1911 (First volume of poems released)
  • Work : Retired 1943 (Stopped writing)
  • Death by Heart Attack 14 January 1968 (After a stroke, age 82)
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Source Notes

Dennis Sutton quotes her biography, given in Sutton's 50 Australian charts, published 1996


  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Lyrical poetry, poems)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Elite and intellectual circles)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke