Click Go the Shears [traditional Australian song, 1890s]

[Editor: “Click Go the Shears” is one of the most famous and iconic folk songs of Australia. As is common with folk songs which have been passed around by word of mouth, there are several variations of the same song in existence. The earliest known printed version of “Click Go the Shears” was published in […]

This Southern Land of Ours [poem by Charles Harpur, ca. 1863]

[Editor: A poem by Charles Harpur.] This Southern Land of Ours With alien hearts to frame our laws And cheat us as of old, In vain our soil is rich, in vain ’Tis seamed with virgin gold: But the present only yields us nought, The future only lours Till we dare to be a people […]

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 […]