New music, [an advertisement for a new version of “Advance Australia Fair”, 1897]

[Editor: This 1897 advertisement offers a new version of “Advance Australia Fair”] New music. Messrs. W. H. Paling and Company send us a parcel of music containing a revised and improved edition of “Advance Australia Fair,” described as a “patriotic song,” written and composed by “Amicus;” “The Federal Banner of United Australia,” a well-meaning effusion, […]

[Song of Australia competition] [1 October 1859]

[Editor: These two advertisements were placed in the The South Australian Advertiser on the 1st of October 1859, by the Gawler Institute, seeking the creation of a popular patriotic song for Australians. The final result of the competition was that Caroline Carleton won the prize for the words to the song and Carl Linger won […]

Australian Expeditionary Forces: Recruits wanted [Army recruitment advertisement, World War One, 6 April 1917]

[Editor: A recruitment advertisement for the Australian Army, printed during World War One. Published in The Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate, 6 April 1917.] Australian Expeditionary Forces. Recruits Wanted. EVERY MAN PHYSICALLY FIT IS WANTED CONDITIONS OF ENLISTMENT. Age, 18 to 45 years. Minimum height, 5 feet 2 inches. Chest […]

A Business Melody [poem, 24 July 1885]

[Editor: A poetic encouragement to advertising, based upon the old poem “The Man in Our Town” (further details given below). Published in The North Eastern Ensign, 24 July 1885.] A Business Melody There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise, For when he marked his prices down He then did advertise. […]

The Old House in Park Street [poem, 22 September 1855]

[Editor: One of a number of poetic advertisements produced by Wiley & Son, under the heading of “The Old House in Park Street”. This particular poetic advertisement encouraged the public to buy baskets, so to carry their food and drinks to the opening of the Sydney and Parramatta Railway. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, […]