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Australia has an old and proud culture of 'bush poetry', which stemmed from writers during early settlement. Among the earliest poetry published in Australia was First Fruits of Australian Poetry (1819) by Barron Field, an Englishman serving in the Australian judiciary. Other famous Australian poets include Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and Dorothea Mackellar, who penned the famous poem 'My Country' ('I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains...').
|Sheri Ann Richerson|