Advance Australia Fair - Australian National Anthem

Advance Australia Fair PosterAdvance Australia Fair was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick in the late 19th century. It was sung as a patriotic song after being performed for the first time at a Highland Society function in Sydney on 30 November 1878. On 1 January 1901, an amended version was sung by a choir of 10,000 at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia.

During World War II Advance Australia Fair became more than just another patriotic song. Movie theatres started to play it at the end of the war documentaries following God Save the Queen and The Star Spangled Banner (the USA Anthem), and its first official recording was for a commercial about the Australian troops arriving in Egypt on their way to Gallipoli in 1916.

Over the years that followed it continued to be sung at the beginning or end of official and unofficial functions. After many official and non-official polls and competitions, an Official National Poll was finally held in May 1977. Over 7 million people were issued with ballot papers and the results were:

43.2% Advance Australia Fair
28.3%  Waltzing Matilda
18.7%  God Save the Queen
9.6%  Song of Australia

On 19 April 1984, Sir Ninian Stevens, Governor-General of Australia issued the following Proclomation:

I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, hereby declare:

(a)    that the anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ shall henceforth be known as the Royal Anthem and be used in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen or a member of the Royal Family;

(b)    that the National Anthem shall consist of the tune known as ‘Advance Australia Fair’ with the following words

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.:


(c)    that the Vice-Regal Salute to be used in the presence of His Excellency the Governor-General shall consist of the first four bars and the last four bars of the tune known as ‘Advance Australia Fair’;

(d)    that the National Anthem shall be used on all official and ceremonial occasions, other than occasions on which either the Royal Anthem or the Vice-Regal Salute is used; and

(e)    that green and gold (Pantone Matching System numbers 116C and 348C as used for printing on paper) shall be the national colours of Australia for use on all occasions on which such colours are customarily used.




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