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Australian National Anthem

The original composition of ‘Advance Australia Fair’ was written by  the Scottish-born composer, Peter Dodds McCormick in 1878 and consisted of four verses. In 1984 the National Australia Day Council recommended that the Australian National Anthem consist of two verses of ‘Advance Australia Fair‘ with some modification. It became the national anthem, and many other songs and marches have been heavily influenced by its music, including the Australian Vice-Regal salute.

Advance Australia Fair

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free,
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

 

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