Australia in 1838 she printed in The Australian a dramatic monologue, The Aboriginal Mother, which gives voice to a black victim of murderous white brutality. This publication was a political act, and enrolled Dunlop, together with the new Governor of New South Wales and her own husband, among those seeking to curb the outrages of settler extremism. She followed it up with further poems, and translations or transliterations of Aboriginal songs.
was a poet publishing in magazines (and in a cousin's novel) in the 1830s. Her first publications were uncontrovsial, but not long after emigrating to