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Happy Australia Day

January 26th, 2007 at 12:06am

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Happy Australia Day!

Click here to download the Australian national anthem.

For those of you who are a bit bemused by all of this, Wikipedia is here to help:

26 January 1788 was the date on which the First Fleet, under Captain Arthur Phillip arrived at Sydney Cove and set up the Colony of New South Wales. Formal possession, including the reading of Phillip’s Commission, took place on 7 February.


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  • 1. Bearded Clam  |  January 26th, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Where did that mp3 come from? Was it one you already had on file, or was it illegally downloaded?

    And is my downloading of it considered criminal?

    I never thought the anthem would be such a legal minefield.

  • 2. Samuel  |  January 26th, 2007 at 3:53 am

    It’s one I have on file, the federal government released it a while back but have since revamped a bunch of pages and I can’t find the exact download site any more. At the time I seem to recall it being permitted for use for virtually any use, although as far as I can tell that has now changed to non-commercial use (I make a loss from this site…I think I’ll be elderly by the time I get anything from the Google Ads). Mind you, the AFL and NRL get away with playing it.

    Currently it is available from John Howard’s Prime Ministerial website

  • 3. Mr-Pappadappadopolis  |  January 26th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Excellent presentation Samuel !

    Now, if only I can remember the words to “Advance Australia
    Fair” …… ummmmm …. something about ‘girt by sea’ , or is that ‘girthed by sea’ ?

    Anyway, have a really, really, really enjoyable Australia Day everyone.

    Mr. Pappadappadopolis

  • 4. Samuel  |  January 26th, 2007 at 10:58 am

    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!”

  • 5. Samuel  |  January 26th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    I’m a tad confused as to why the official lyrics claim “Nature” is a proper noun, but so be it.

  • 6. Mr-Pappadappadopolis  |  January 26th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    “Our home is girt by sea” …. Hmmmm, girt, what a funny word.
    Reminds me of Gert Frobe, a la “Goldfinger”.

    I must include that word in my 2008 book – “Assorted narratives behind the Green Door”.


  • 7. Samuel  |  January 26th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    The way it us used in the anthem effectively means “surrounded” or “encircled”

  • 8. davky  |  January 26th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    I think ‘nature’ was traditionally used as a euphemism (or politically correct) version of ‘God’ and hence its capitalisation.

    Bear in mind the third verse of the anthem was about England and Capt Cook and the fourth verse was a religious one, so perhaps it was a broad allusion to the original final verse of the song.

  • 9. Samuel  |  January 26th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    That would make sense davky.

    Incidentally, while I’m a tad suspicious of any encyclopedia’s account of things which have about fifteen different versions of events floating around, the Advance Australia Fair article on Wikipedia is an interesting read.

  • 10. David-H-Eastwood  |  January 27th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I’ll keep an eye out for your book in 2008 Mr. Pappadappadopolis.
    By the way, what’s your first name ?

    David Harold Eastwood.

  • 11. tmothyh  |  January 27th, 2007 at 10:26 am

    have your read the full Austral day page on Wiki? ( I have posted comments there to this effect but it seems that most of the page is devoted to bashing Australia Day. Just wondering if you have an opinion on this one?? That being said, the section you quoted was from the historical section and most helpful to overseas visitors of your page. Well Done.

  • 12. Mr-Pappadappadopolis  |  January 27th, 2007 at 11:39 am

    My first name ? It’s actually ‘Skeleton’, but I usually call myself
    Mister Pappadappadopolis

  • 13. Craig-Dubious  |  January 27th, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Skeleton ?
    Hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllppp ! !


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