Song of Australia - Australian National Anthem Candidate

Song of Australia PosterThe Song of Australia was written by Caroline J Carleton in 1859 for a competition sponsored by the Gawler Institute. The music for the song was written by Carl Linger. Both Caroline and Carl were awarded ten guineas for their entry.

This was one of 6 songs nominated for the Australian National Anthem along with God Save the Queen. At the end of the vote, it ranked as number 4.

If it had been up to South Australia alone, Song of Australia would have been voted in as the National Anthem of Australia. Most votes from South Australia were for Song of Australia because it was a much more familiar song to them.

The reason Song of Australia was more familiar to South Australians was because the Premier of South Australia, Charles Cameron Kingston, liked Song of Australia so much he asked all public school teachers in the State to teach the children the song.

Every time I hear this song, there are slightly different words to the verses. I have included two video variations.

 

 

There is a land where summer skies
Are gleaming with a thousand dyes,
Blending in witching harmonies, in harmonies;
And grassy knoll, and forest height,
Are flushing in the rosy light,
And all above in azure bright –
Australia!

 There is a land where honey flows,
Where laughing corn luxuriant grows,
Land of the myrtle and the rose,
On hill and plain the clust’ring vine,
Is gushing out with purple wine,
And cups are quaffed to thee and thine
Australia!

There is a land where treasures shine
Deep in the dark unfathomed mine,
For worshippers at Mammon’s shrine,
Where gold lies hid, and rubies gleam,
And fabled wealth no more doth seem
The idle fancy of a dream –
Australia!

There is a land where homesteads peep
From sunny plain and woodland steep,
And love and joy bright vigils keep,
Where the glad voice of childish glee
Is mingling with the melody
For nature’s hidden minstrelsy
Australia!

There is a land where, floating free,
From mountain top to girdling sea,
A proud flag waves exultingly,
And freedom’s sons the banner bear,
No shackled slave can breathe the air,
Fairest of Britain’s daughters fair –
Australia!

 

 Different Version

 There is a land where summer skies
Are shining with a thousand dyes,
Blending in haunting harmonies, in harmonies;
And grassy land, and forest height,
Are flushing in the rosy light,
And all above in azure bright –
Australia! Australia! Australia!

 There is a land where floating free,
From mountain top to circling seas,
A proud flag waves triumphantly, triumphantly,
And freedom’s sons the banner bear,
No shackled slave can breathe the air,
Fairest of all the lands we share –
Australia! Australia! Australia!
Australia! Australia! Australia!

There is a land where homesteads grow
From sunny plain and woodland stock,
Love and joy bright vigils keep, bright vigils keep
Where happy voices of children’s glee
Is mingling with the melody
For nature’s hidden symphony –
Australia! Australia! Australia!
Australia! Australia! Australia!
Australia! Australia! Australia!