Between 1878 and 1984, the song was used inside of Australia as a patriotic song. For a time the song announced the news from the Australian Broadcasting Commission. When Australia became a Federation in 1901, the song was sung by a choir of 10,000 people.
- God Save the Queen, which was then the official national anthem
- Waltzing Matilda, often regarded as the unofficial anthem
- Song of Australia.
Advance Australia Fair received 43.29% of the vote, defeating the three alternatives: Waltzing Matilda (28.28%), Song of Australia (9.65%), and the existing national anthem God Save the Queen (18.78%). However, it was not until 1984 that the national anthem was changed to reflect the popular vote.
Other songs and marches have been influenced by Advance Australia Fair, such as the Australian Vice-Regal salute.
Lyrics[change | change source]
While the original lyrics are in English, because Australia is a very multicultural and multilingual nation, the lyrics have been unofficially translated into many other languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Korean, German, French and Polish. It has also been translated into many Australian Aboriginal languages, most famously Dharug but also others such as Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Nyungar and Yugambeh-Bundaljung.
|English original||Pronunciation of the words with an Australian accent
|Official Chinese translation|
Australians all let us rejoice,
[əˈstɹæɪ̯ɫjənz oːɫ ɫet ɐs ɹɪˈd͡ʒoɪ̯s]
Sound file[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "News of the Day". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 December 1878. p. 5. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via Trove (National Library of Australia).
- "Advertising". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 November 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via Trove (National Library of Australia).
- Fletcher, Jim (1986). "McCormick, Peter Dodds (1834–1916)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 10. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 17 April 2018 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
- Electoral pocketbook. Canberra, ACT: Australian Electoral Commission. 2005. ISBN 0-9752279-7-1. OCLC 224546641.
- "Department of the Parliamentary Library - Referendums on alterations to the Constitution of the Commonwealth". 2008-02-05. Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2022-04-16.