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My Country

My Country is probably the best known poem by Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) which she wrote in 1904 at the age of only 19 while travelling England with her parents and feeling homesick for Australia. To most she is better known as just Dorothea Mackellar.

Although she was born and grew up in Sydney, the poem is inspired by her experiences on her brother's farm near Gunnedah in north-western New South Wales.

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Waltzing Matilda

Walzing Matilda is probably the best known and best loved song in Australia and played at about every large event. There are 4 main versions of the song, but the original was written at old Dagworth Homestead, Queensland in January 1895 by Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - 1941).

A guy named Harry Nathan claimed that he wrote the music and edited lyrics in 1900, but he didn't apply for copyright until 1903 and again in 1903 Marie Cowan altered the lyrics to promote Billy Tea. The last version is by Thomas Wood and the one best known outside of Australia.

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Ned Kelly

Ned KellyTo many Australians, Ned Kelly is their local version of Robin Hood and he is one of the most famous figures in Australian history. Maybe it is the rebellious streak in Australians who don't like authority too much and value indenpendence, that turned Ned Kelly into some kind of a national hero, even though he was a convicted criminal and has killed three policemen. He was executed aged 25, but only this year, 133 years later, the story has finally come to an end. But let's start with the beginning.

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