Song: To the Tune of Rule Britannia [1 February 1817]

[Editor: A song, written by a Mr. Jenkins, sung at a function in 1817 to celebrate the founding of the colony of New South Wales.] Song. To the Tune of Rule Britannia. When first Australia rose to fame, And Seamen brave explored her shore; Neptune with joy, with joy beheld their aim. And thus express’d […]

The Future of Australia [poem by Mary Hannay Foott, 8 February 1873]

[Editor: A poem by Mary Hannay Black (who later became Mary Hannay Foott), written for the anniversary of the founding of the colony of New South Wales (Australia Day).] The Future of Australia. Sing us the Land of the Southern Sea — The land we have called our own ; Tell us what harvest there […]

Nationalism rising in Australia [27 January 1949]

Nationalism rising in Australia Melbourne, Wed. — “Australian nationalism is rising in this country, particularly in people under the age of 40. That is a good thing, because Australia will not be left in undisputed possession of this land.” The Minister for Immigration (Mr. Calwell) said this today. He was speaking at a reception given […]

Summary of news [17 November 1896]

[Editor: Extracts from news items published in The West Australian, 17 November 1896.] Summary of news A sub-committee of the Perth and Fremantle Chambers of Commerce has recommended that the following days be omitted from the list of public holidays:— The day following New Year’s Day, January 26 (foundation of Australia), Whit Monday, January 28 […]

Australia’s progress [27 January 1938]

Australia’s progress. Tributes from London. Nation’s future. (Published in “The Times.”) London, Jan. 26. “The Times,” in a leading article, paying a tribute to Australia’s progress, states: “A virile nation of 7,000,000 celebrates with pride and thanksgiving the mighty growth of the seed planted less than five generations ago. “Within that short span, Sydney has […]