Australian Literature

Australian Poetry

From 1830, the distinctive voices that many associate with Australian poetry began to emerge. The poems they crafted conjure up images of the bush and he hard life in the colonies. Henry Kendall and Dorothea MacKellar are two of the most well known poets of the age – their poems chronicling the life and stories of early life in the colonies. Henry Kendall, born in 1839, and dying in 1882, was one of the well-read and well-known bush poets that Australia produced during the colonial period. During the 1870s, Kendall and his family lived in Gosford, and he wrote beautiful poetry throughout his life such as “Bellbirds.”