Topics: Advance Australia Fair, Australia, God Save the Queen Pages: 4 (1382 words) Published: May 2, 2013
Hellllloooo gsfgggggggggggggggg"Advance Australia Fair" is the official national anthem of Australia. Created by the Scottish-born composer Peter Dodds McCormick, the song was first performed in 1878 but did not gain its status as the official anthem until 1984. Until then the song was sung in Australia as a patriotic song. In order for the song to become the anthem it had to face a vote against the Royal Anthem ("God Save the Queen"), "Waltzing Matilda" (the "unofficial anthem") and "Song of Australia". Other songs and marches have been influenced by "Advance Australia Fair", such as the Australian vice-regal salute. The earliest known sound recording of "Advance Australia Fair" appears in The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt (circa 1916), a short commercial recording dramatising the arrival of Australian troops in Egypt en route to Gallipoli.[1] Contents  [hide]  * 1 History * 1.1 Origin * 1.2 Competitions, plebiscite and adoption * 2 Lyrics * 3 Copyright * 4 Orchestral version * 5 Development of lyrics * 6 Criticism * 7 Alternative Christian verse * 8 References * 9 External links| -------------------------------------------------

"Advance Australia Fair" was composed in the late 19th century by Peter Dodds McCormick under the pen-name "Amicus" (which means "friend" in Latin). It was first performed by Andrew Fairfax at a Highland Society function in Sydney on 30 November 1878. The song quickly gained popularity and an amended version was sung by a choir of around 10,000 at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901. In 1907 the Australian Government awarded McCormick £100 for his composition. In a letter to R.B. Fuller, dated 1 August 1913, McCormick described the circumstances that inspired him to write "Advance Australia Fair": One night I attended a great concert in the Exhibition Building, when all the National Anthems of the world were to be sung by a large...
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