God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen - Royal Anthem of Australia

God Save The Queen is the Royal Anthem of Australia. It was composed by Henry Carey and first sung by him in 1740. This Anthem is sung in the presence of members of the Royal Family and on formal occasions in many institutions of dignity and tradition.

God Bless Australia

God Bless Australia - Australian National Anthem Candidate

God Bless Australia was written in 1961 as another option for the Australian National Anthem. It is sung to the same tune as Waltzing Matilda.

Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda - Australia's Anthem of the Heart

Waltzing Matilda is Australia’s best known Bush Ballad and really is Australia’s unofficial Anthem of our Hearts. It bodes back to our very beginning when times were very tough and theft was necessary to survive another day.

Advance Australia Fair

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.

National Anthems

Australian National Anthems

When the First Fleet arrived from England, they bought with them God Save the Queen (or King) as the National Anthem. As Australia gained its own identity, the need to have it’s own National Anthem became more of an issue. Through the years many competitions were held to find a replacement Anthem that truly spoke for Australia and its uniqueness.

The Man from Ironbark

The Man from Ironbark - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem


It was the man from Ironbark who struck the Sydney town,
He wandered over street and park, he wandered up and down.
He loitered here he loitered there, till he was like to drop,
Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber’s shop.
“Ere! shave my beard and whiskers off, I’ll be a man of mark,

I’ll go and do the Sydney toff up home in Ironbark.”

Mulga Bills Bicycle

Mulga Bills Bicycle - A B Banjo Paterson - Australian Bush Poem


‘Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, “Excuse me, can you ride?”

Çlancy of the Overflow

Clancy of the Overflow - A B Banjo Patterson - Australian Bush Poem

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge,
sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,

He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just ‘on spec’, addressed as follows, ‘Clancy, of The Overflow’.

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
‘Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:

The Man from Snowy River

The Man from Snowy River - A B Banjo Paterson


There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses–he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.