Australiana

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Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits - Australia's Favourite Biscuit

ANZAC biscuits hold a very special place in every Australian’s heart as well as their taste buds. They were crafted by a special group of women who were left at home while their loved ones fought in the Australian and New Zealand Corp during World War II.

Been there Before

Been there Before - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem

There came a stranger to Walgett town,
To Walgett town when the sun was low,
And he carried a thirst that was worth a crown,
Yet how to quench it he did not know;

Pioneers

Pioneers - Frank Hudson - Australian Bush Poem

They came of bold and roving stock that would not fix abide
They were the sons of field and flock since e’er they learnt to ride
We may not hope to see such men in these degenerate years
As those explorers of the bush – the brave old pioneers.

A Bush Christening

A Bush Christening - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem

On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross’d ‘cept by folk that are lost,
One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Over the Range

Over the Range - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem

Little bush maiden, wondering-eyed,
Playing alone in the creek-bed dry,
In the small green flat on every side
Walled in by the Moonbi ranges high;

The Last Parade

The Last Parade - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem

With never a sound of trumpet,
With never a flag displayed,
The last of the old campaigners
Lined up for the last parade.

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.

Song of Australia

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 tenĀ 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.