Advance Australia Fair

This is the Australian national anthem. It does not have any particular religious content, but is sometimes used at church-services with national significance.

It was written by Scottish-born teacher and composer Peter Dodds McCormick (1834? – 1916), in 1878 with four verses. The first two, with some adaptations, were adopted as the anthem in 1984.


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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 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.

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