y The Song of Australia single work   lyric/song   "There is a land where summer skies"
Issue Details: First known date: 1859 1859
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  • Winner of a competition for music and lyrics for a national song, run by the Gawler Institute in 1859 . The music for the song was composed by Carl Linger. The prize was ten guineas. The song gained in significance when sung before the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867; it was early recognized as the national song of Australia in South and Western Australia, and in 1880 the Education Department had it sung in all schools.

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Frequently republished, different formats, various publishers, between 1859-1920 and a centennial edition 1936.
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Words by C. J. Carleton; music by Carl Linger
Note: Lyrics by Caroline Carleton subsequently published as a poem in journals and anthologies.
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    y The Empire 4 November 1859 Z1746631 1859 newspaper issue 1859 pg. 2
    Note: In Column: South Australia
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    y The South Australian Advertiser 21 October 1859 Z1747227 1859 newspaper issue 1859 pg. 3
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    y The Australian Town and Country Journal vol. 37 no. 959 26 May 1888 Z659734 1888 newspaper issue 1888 pg. 1073
    Note: In 'The Australian Anthem'.
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    y The Bulletin vol. 14 no. 760 8 September 1894 Z634384 1894 periodical issue 1894 pg. 3
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    y School Paper for Class IV vol. 103 September 1906 Z1616484 1906 periodical issue 1906 pg. 127-128
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    y The Bulletin vol. 29 no. 1492 17 September 1908 Z624214 1908 periodical issue 1908 pg. 2 Section: The Red Page
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    y The School Paper for Class IV no. 119 March 1908 Z1633746 1908 periodical issue 1908 pg. 31-32
    Note: Arranged as a duet by T. J. L.
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    y The School Paper for Class III no. 160 July 1910 Z1544488 1910 periodical issue children's 1910 pg. 95-96
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    y The School Paper for Classes V and VI no. 137 January 1911 Z1567749 1911 periodical issue 1911 pg. 9-10
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    y School Paper : Grades V and VI no. 301 February 1924 Z1641681 1924 periodical issue 1924 pg. 15-16
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    y The School Paper : Grades V and VI no. 357 March 1929 Z1417266 1929 periodical issue 1929 pg. 31-32
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    y The School Paper : Grades VII and VIII no. 467 June 1940 Z1506353 1940 periodical issue children's 1940 pg. 80
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    y Australia C. Hartley Grattan (editor), Berkeley : University of California Press , 1947 Z955602 1947 anthology criticism poetry Berkeley : University of California Press , 1947 pg. 415
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    y Bards in the Wilderness : Australian Colonial Poetry to 1920 Adrian Mitchell (editor), Brian Elliott (editor), Melbourne : Nelson , 1970 Z429552 1970 anthology poetry Melbourne : Nelson , 1970 pg. 63
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    y The Poet's Discovery : Nineteenth Century Australia in Verse Richard Douglas Jordan (editor), Peter Pierce (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1990 Z299524 1990 anthology poetry biography Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1990 pg. 379
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    y Australian Bush Poems Adelaide : Axiom , 1991 Z520625 1991 anthology poetry satire humour Adelaide : Axiom , 1991 pg. 6-7
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    y The Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse Susan Lever (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1995 Z566500 1995 anthology poetry biography South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1995 pg. 4-5
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    y Classic Australian Verse Maggie Pinkney (editor), Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 Z864790 2001 anthology poetry Noble Park : Five Mile Press , 2001 pg. 60-61
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    y Our Country : Classic Australian Poetry : From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson Michael Cook (editor), Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 Z1266972 2004 anthology poetry Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 pg. 177-178
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Kathrine Bell (editor), Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 Z1472336 2007 anthology poetry Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 pg. 21
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 109-110
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    y Let Them Speak for Themselves Z910284 1936 anthology diary autobiography correspondence poetry short story extract pg. 54

Works about this Work

An Australian Marsellaise 1908 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 September vol. 29 no. 1492 1908; (p. 2)
An Australian Marsellaise 1908 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 September vol. 29 no. 1492 1908; (p. 2)
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