That promoted song [re. “Advance Australia Fair”, 8 December 1943]

[Editor: Some letters to a newspaper, both for and against the playing of “Advance Australia Fair” in movie theatres and on the radio. Published in The Argus (Melbourne), 8 December 1943.] That promoted song Sir: I have read with mixed feelings letters of criticism because “Advance, Australia Fair,” is played at news time, and is […]

Advance Australia Fair: How the song became the Australian national anthem

The story of how “Advance Australia Fair” became Australia’s national anthem takes place over the span of 106 years, from 1878 to 1984. First written as a patriotic song in the late nineteenth century, it grew in popularity over the years; although not without its detractors. In its early days, the song attracted criticism from […]

Advance Australia fair [Australia’s national anthem, 1984]

[Editor: This two-verse version of “Advance Australia Fair” was officially declared to be the Australian national anthem on 19 April 1984.] “Advance Australia Fair” Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in nature’s gifts Of […]

No Australian anthem, says musician [27 January 1943]

No Australian anthem, says musician “There is no Australian national anthem,” said Mr George Limb, of Hobart, referring yesterday to recent discussion of the suitability of “Advance, Australia Fair” as an anthem. Mr Limb, who is the Tasmanian representative on the Australian Musical Examination Bd., and who usually conducts the combined schools’ choir at Hobart, […]

Advance, Australia Fair [The Worker, 24 March 1942]

[Editor: As The Worker was traditionally a pro-republic paper, it is somewhat of a surprise to see “Advance Australia Fair” published in its pages, as the second verse is viewed by many as pro-British; although, it could be noted that the fourth verse, which might be regarded as even more pro-British, was not included here. […]