January 20, 2012

Endless Horizon

Dame Mary Gilmore is the person featured on the back of our ten dollar note. She was a passionate social reformer in the 1890’s and a poet. She wrote ‘Europe has its peaks piercing the sky but we have the horizon’. Geoffrey Blainey wrote that ‘This land is endless horizon’. Dorothea Mackellar wrote...

I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

I love the horizon in Australia. The sun rises and sets on it. It promises the opportunity of something new and exciting...just over the horizon. It offers the prospect of a growth and advancement. Our ancient land has profoundly shaped us as Australians. Perhaps the endless horizon has made us a nation of optimists.

That spirit of optimism is what drives our Australians of the Year.


  1. WOW! Dorothea Mackellar has some nice words there!
    I love Australia and everything it represents, every single day of it's history and what it is NOW!
    God bless this country!