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    Advance Australia Fair was adopted as the national anthem (the 1st and a new 3rd verses, with modified lyrics) for the second time on 19 April 1984 by Bob Hawke's Labor government (after it was chosen by the Whitlam government in 1974, and later rejected by the Fraser government). Previous to this, the Australian national anthem was "God Save the Queen"


    Here are the complete official lyrics to the current Australian National Anthem:

    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.



    The original lyrics to Advance Australia Fair as written by Peter Dodds McCormick and first performed in 1878 are as follows:

    Verse One
    Australia's sons 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!"

    Verse Two
    When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
    To trace wide oceans o'er,
    True British courage bore him on,
    Till he landed on our shore.
    Then here he raised Old England's flag,
    The standard of the brave;
    With all her faults we love her still,
    "Brittannia rules the wave!"
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    Verse Three
    While other nations of the globe
    Behold us from afar,
    We'll rise to high renown and shine
    Like our glorious southern star;
    From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
    Who come our lot to share,
    Let all combine with heart and hand
    To advance Australia fair!
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"

    Verse Four
    Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast,
    Or dare a foot to land,
    We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
    To guard our native strand;
    Brittannia then shall surely know,
    Beyond wide ocean's roll,
    Her sons in fair Australia's land
    Still keep a British soul.
    In joyful strains the let us sing
    "Advance Australia fair!"


    The current 2nd verse was introduced as a "New" Third Verse and was first sung in 1901 at Federation.

    New Third Verse
    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!"

    There is also talk of a lost verse which was performed in the 1930's - it would appear that this is in no way part of the original lyrics.

    Lost 6th Verse
    With Christ our head and cornerstone,
    We'll build our Nation's might,
    Whose way and truth and light alone,
    Can guide our path aright.
    Our lives, a sacrifice of love,
    Reflect our Master's care
    With faces turned to heaven above,
    Advance Australia fair.
    In joyful strains then let us sing,
    Advance Australia fair.

    Information sourced from Department of Foreign Affairs, Wikipedia and the National Library of Australia.

    Digital Collections - Music - McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916. Advance Australia fair [music]
    Digital Collections - Music - McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916. Advance Australia Fair [music] : patriotic song
    About Australia: The National Anthem
    Advance Australia Fair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I take it coach I wasnt the only person that noticed that the Itallian Band played both versus of our National Anthem. It was a shame that even the Captain of the Wallabies was standing there looking around wondering what the hell was going on.

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    is this in response to the national anthem played before the italian test coach?

    ...they played two verses (without words)...

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    coz Stone Cold says so

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    I sang it for them.........time in Primary schools gives you a bit of a background in this sort of thing!

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    When I was younger I was in the Allendale Primary School Senior Choir. We learnt all the cool stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    When I was younger I was in the Allendale Primary School Senior Choir. We learnt all the cool stuff.

    Yep, dem was the rules at Engadine West too.

    Actually, I think everyone (not just the choir) had to learn both verses. Mind you, this was right around the bicentenary, when people might have cared.

    I knew the 'old' second verse (gallant Cook, blah blah blah) existed from an old magazine clipping (again, circa 1988) but the rest was news- thanks for the enlightenment coach!

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    lucky the national anthemis only 2 verses now, cause most people cant even remember them!.
    imagine how embarasing it would be if it was still 4 or even 6 verses long

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    At the Remembrance Day celebration in Melbourne today, they played both verses, so I was prepared a little for the second verse after reading this post

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