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Australian National Anthem

Peter Dodds McCormick wrote the Australian National Anthem lyrics in the late 19th century. It quickly gained popularity and was sung by a choir at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901.

A referendum held in 1977 to choose a National Song saw Advance Australia Fair received 43.6% of the vote. Waltzing Matilda received 28.5% of approval ahead of God Save the Queen 18.7% while Song of Australia received 9.7% of the vote.

Only the first chorus of Advance Australia Fair is sung at the majority of events where the national anthem is played.

Advance Australia Fair

Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
With golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea
Our land abounds in Nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair