The Jerilderie letter [by Ned Kelly, 1879]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1879, intended for publication in Victorian newspapers.] [Background: The Jerilderie Letter, dictated by Ned Kelly to Joe Byrne, has been described as Ned Kelly’s “manifesto”, and gives a detailed account of Ned’s relations with the police, including the unjust treatment his family had received at […]

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, […]

Advance Australia Fair [1878, from the sheet music of 1879]

[Editor: This is the original version of “Advance Australia Fair” as written by Peter McCormick, using the pseudonym “Amicus” (Latin for “friend”); taken from the sheet music held by the National Library of Australia.] 2nd Edition. Respectfully dedicated to the sons and daughters of Australia. Advance Australia Fair Patriotic song, written and composed by Amicus […]