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Fenerty wrote this poem just prior to his departure from Australia. He left Australia for Nova Scotia in the summer of 1865, just after the Burke and Wills monument was erected. He leaves due to a letter from his brother, Wellington, telling him that a relative had just jilted Ann Hamilton, a long time friend of the family. This upset Charles, and departs at once. Upon returning, he goes immediately to Ann's place, in Upper Falmouth.

The poem shows a lot of feelings for the country, and his reluctant departure.