National Anthem - About Australia - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ‘Advance Australia Fair’ is the national anthem of Australia.
A revised version of a late nineteenth century patriotic song, it was officially declared the national anthem on 19 April 1984. The composer Peter Dodds McCormick, a Scot, composed ‘Advance Australia Fair’ under the pen-name ‘Amicus’ (amicus is the Latin word for ‘friend’). It was first performed in Sydney on Saint Andrew’s Day, 1878. An amended version was also sung by a choir of 10,000 at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January, 1901. Some of the original words of the song have been changed for the official version. How ‘Advance Australia Fair’ became the national anthem The official anthem was ‘God Save the Queen’ (or ‘King’) from 1788 to 1974, although numerous commercial and official competitions were held over the years to find a substitute.
John Dunmore Lang, who published an ‘Australian Anthem’ and an ‘Australian Hymn’ in 1826, was an early advocate of a distinctively Australian anthem. Hare Rama Hare Krishna [Full Song] I Hare Krishna. I Am Australian ~ Song "I AM AUSTRALIAN" Ceremonies overseas. Public holidays. Public Holidays and Special Celebrations : IS3 - International Student Support. Australians hold certain days each year as special days of national meaning.
We may recognise the day with a holiday for everyone or we can celebrate the day as a nation with special events. Most States and Territories observe some of the public holidays on the same date. They have others on different dates or have some days that only their State or Territory celebrates. In larger cities, most shops, restaurants and public transport continue to operate on public holidays. In smaller towns, most shops and restaurants close. New Year Australians love to celebrate New Year. Australia Day Australia Day, January 26, is the day we as a people and place celebrate our nationhood. Canberra Day Canberra Day is a public holiday that celebrates the birth of the Nations Capital. The Canberra Festival is a nine day event that reflects Canberra's unique qualities through exhibitions, displays, sporting events, music, film, dance and theatre. This is a very family friendly and community spirited event.
People, culture and lifestyle - About Australia - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia is a product of a unique blend of established traditions and new influences.
The country’s original inhabitants, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, are the custodians of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultural traditions. They have been living in Australia for at least 40 000 years and possibly up to 60 000 years. The rest of Australia’s people are migrants or descendants of migrants who have arrived in Australia from about 200 countries since Great Britain established the first European settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788. In 1945, Australia’s population was around 7 million people and was mainly Anglo–Celtic. Since then, more than 6.5 million migrants, including 675 000 refugees, have settled in Australia, significantly broadening its social and cultural profile. Today Australia has a population of nearly 23 million people. Shared values At the same time, everyone is expected to uphold the principles and shared values that support Australia’s way of life.