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.

Banjo Paterson

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Patterson

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 near Orange, New South Wales on a property called Narrambla. He was the oldest son of Andrew Bogle Paterson and Rose Isabella Barton (relation of our first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton). Banjo Paterson grew up to be a Journalist, War Correspondent, Author and Bush Poet. He married Alice Emily Walker on 8 April 1903 and had two children – Grace (1904) and Hugh (1905).

Alexander – First Fleet

Alexander, First Fleet, 1788

The Alexander was the largest convict transport vessel in the First Fleet. She weighed 452 tons and was 114ft/34.75m long by 31ft/9.5m wide. She transported 30 Crew, 41 Marines and 177 male convicts on her voyage to Botany Bay. A few free settlers – wives and children of the marines mostly, also accompanied the Alexander on her voyage. The 30 crew returned to England, whereas the convicts and the marines stayed in Botany Bay.

William Allen – First Fleet Convict

1785 ~ Conviction

William Allen was convicted of Robbery with Violence at Ormskirk Quarter Sessions, England. He was sentenced to 7 years transportation to Botany Bay on the Alexander. William was 22 when he was convicted.

John Allen – First Fleet Convict

2 March 1786 ~ Conviction

John Allen was convicted of Theft of a trunk, bed curtains, valances and other items at Herford Court, England. He was tried along with his wife, Sarah Allen for Grand Larceny. Sarah was acquitted of the charges but John was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Botany Bay on the Alexander. John was a 45 year old Miller at the time of conviction.