From Little Things, Big Things Grow single work   lyric/song  
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'The apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008 marked a place in Australian history that The GetUp Mob, featuring Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly, Urthboy and Missy Higgins, have marked with the new release of the GetUp StandUp version of From Little Things Big Things Grow'. Source: http://music.ninemsn.com.au/ (Sighted 20/11/08).

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First known date: 2008
  • Appears in:
    y Koori Mail no. 425 7 May 2008 Z1507176 2008 newspaper issue 2008 pg. 22
  • Appears in:
    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. 1115-1116
  • Appears in:
    y Land Anthology Yarning Strong Land Anthology South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 2011 Z1794666 2011 anthology extract poetry lyric/song drama children's South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 2011 pg. 22-23

Works about this Work

Red Truths and White Lies Charlie Ward , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 217-225)
Editorial Ali Cobby Eckermann , Lionel Fogarty , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 8-11)
Lingiari's Legacy : from Little Things Big Things Grow Martin Hodgson , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 26 August 2011;

Gather round people let me tell you a story

An eight-year-long story of power and pride

British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiari

Were opposite men on opposite sides

'You probably know these as the opening lyrics to the 1991 Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody song, From Little Things Big Things Grow. It is one of Australia's most important songs and most Aussies will know it - if not from its radio play or performances from Paul and Kev around the nation, then from its use by grassroots movements around Australia and in advertising campaigns. ...'

Sound Decision for Song 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 22 September no. 485 2010; (p. 17)
'The Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly co-written song From Little Things (Big Things Grow) has been added to the National Film and Sound Archive's 'Sounds of Australia'. The song tells the story of Vincent Lingiari, who in 1966 led what was to become an eight-year strike at the Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory. The strike and the efforts of Mr Lingiari are recognised as the beginning of the land rights movement in Australia.' Source: Koori Mail no. 485, 22 September 2010
Sorry Anthem Sung To A Hopeful Nation Solua Middleton , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 425 2008; (p. 22)
Sorry Anthem Sung To A Hopeful Nation Solua Middleton , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 425 2008; (p. 22)
Sound Decision for Song 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 22 September no. 485 2010; (p. 17)
'The Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly co-written song From Little Things (Big Things Grow) has been added to the National Film and Sound Archive's 'Sounds of Australia'. The song tells the story of Vincent Lingiari, who in 1966 led what was to become an eight-year strike at the Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory. The strike and the efforts of Mr Lingiari are recognised as the beginning of the land rights movement in Australia.' Source: Koori Mail no. 485, 22 September 2010
Editorial Ali Cobby Eckermann , Lionel Fogarty , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 8-11)
Red Truths and White Lies Charlie Ward , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 217-225)
Lingiari's Legacy : from Little Things Big Things Grow Martin Hodgson , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 26 August 2011;

Gather round people let me tell you a story

An eight-year-long story of power and pride

British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiari

Were opposite men on opposite sides

'You probably know these as the opening lyrics to the 1991 Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody song, From Little Things Big Things Grow. It is one of Australia's most important songs and most Aussies will know it - if not from its radio play or performances from Paul and Kev around the nation, then from its use by grassroots movements around Australia and in advertising campaigns. ...'

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