1826

Australian Hymn

Australian Hymn - Australian National Anthem Candidate

Australian Hymn is another poem written by John Dunmore Lang in November 1826. It follows the same vein as Australian Anthem and I assume wasn’t included in the final vote for a new Australian National Anthem because of its focus on Britain, God and Racism also.

Australian Anthem

Australian Anthem - Australian Anthem Candidate

Australian Anthem was written by John Dunmore Lang in December 1826. It was included in the final 6 songs to be voted as the Australian National Anthem, but was removed from the final vote. I assume it was removed because it is an ode to Britain, to God and to racism against the Aboriginals of Australia – the first inhabitants – rather than an ode to everything that makes Australia great.