On 19 April 1984, Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen, proclaimed “Advance Australia Fair” as our national anthem – on recommendation by the then Hawke-Keating Labor Government. The previous anthem, “God Save the Queen”, was retained for Regal and Vice-Regal occasions.
The original version of Advance Australia Fair had five verses and was written and composed by Peter Dodds McCormick in the 1870s. Our current version only has the first and third verses of the original, with both verses modified to appease the politically correct.
Celebrate our national anthem’s proclamation anniversary (19 April) by:
- singing Advance Australia Fair from the roof tops in full cry, wherever you may be (and flying the Aussie flag in pride)
- reading all the five verses of our anthem’s original version
- exploring further the context around our anthem and how it replaced its predecessor
- completing the survey on our website that poses our own anthem question, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with friends, family and other patriotic Aussies.