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Advance Australia Fair

Advance Australia Fair (The National Anthem of Australia) was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick sometime around the turn of this century. Several versions with different combinations of the verses are found in different references. Some Australian governments seemed to disapprove of the sentiment of some of these verses, and passively discouraged their remembrance. Consequently, several of these verses are very difficult to find unless one searches for old and original references.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia fair!"

When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
To trace wide oceans o'er,
True British courage bore him on,
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England's flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
"Brittannia rules the wave!"
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've bounblockquoteess plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

While other nations of the globe
Behold us from afar,
We'll rise to high renown and shine
Like our glorious southern star;
From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
Who come our lot to share,
Let all combine with heart and hand
To advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Brittannia the shall surely know,
Beyond wide ocean's roll,
Her sons in fair Australia's land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains the let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Australian History

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The accepted authoritative work on Australian convicts is Charles Bateson's "Convict Ships" (Library of Australian History, out of print). In it, Bateson states that 160,151 total convicts were sent to Australia. Although most of the convicts were from the British Isles, some were also from various British colonies. The British Government first sent convicts to New South Wales, Australia in 1788, after the American Revolution. But NSW refused to accept convicts after 1842 because the population had grown after the success of free immigration. Convicts were first sent to Tasmania (formerly Van Diemens Land) in 1803. Western Australian accepted male convicts only from 1850 to 1868. [An attempt was also made to send convicts to Port Phillip (Melbourne, Victoria), but this failed.]

This database is an index compiled from the convict indexes for each state through numerous publications, as well as from many Internet sites. It gives the name of the convict, his/her age or birth year, birthplace or place of trial, occupation, marital status, ship, and year of arrival. The database includes more than 48,000 names of convicts sent to Australia between 1788 and 1868.

Source Information: Reakes, Janet, comp. "Australian Convict Index, 1788-1868" [database online] Provo, UT:, 2001. Original data: "1788-1868 Convict Records." Records kept at the New South Wales State Records Office, P.O. Box R625, Royal Exchange, NSW 2000; at the Archives Office of Tasmania, 77 Murray St., Hobart, TAS 7000; and at the State Records Office of Western Australia, Alexander Library, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA 6000.

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Australian-Irish WEB Pages

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Irish Australian Business Association "The Irish Australian Business Association was founded in 1993 with the overall objective of promoting the economic and commercial relationship between the two countries at opposite ends of the globe."
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Australian Irish Heritage Association "The Australian-Irish Heritage Association aims to research, publicise and foster Australia's Irish heritage."
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THE IRISH At Home and Abroad Online "The Internet is a great place to access information about the Irish. Below are some links we think are most useful in researching Irish genealogy and heritage".
Kerry's Home Page A Fabulous Home Page from Kerry, Irish and Australian links galore.
Irish Dancing in Sydney Irish Dancing - Hints for Beginners (and their mothers) A Survival guide for the mothers of dancers and an information kit for the bewildered
Come In/Tar Isteach  Believe it or not a free translation service Gaelic/English or English/Gaelic, get it whilst it's free
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Swim-Two-Birds Swim-Two-Birds is my 1400 acre farm in northern New South Wales, Australia. It is located at approx 3018' south by 15130' east, should you wish to program one or more of your ICBMs or cruise missiles in my direction. It is named for a tiny little island on the River Shannon in the heart of Ireland.
Claddagh a Sydney Based Aussie Irish Band At most Claddagh gigs, willing members of the audience are invited to try their hands at singing a song (or playing a tune) with the band. Visit their Home Page
O'Neill Clan Home Page A Directory of O'Neills, O'Neill family biographies, links to Clans of Ireland
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Yvonne's Irish Home Page My name is Yvonne. Born in Dublin, circa 1955, I was transported to Australia in 1990.
Transportation Of Irish Convicts A site dedicated to the early Irish settlers
Irish Studies Murdoch Uni The centre for Irish Studies at Murdoch University, Perth
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Irish Assoc of Tasmania The aim of the Irish Association is to promote Irish Culture and Social Interaction within the Tasmanian Community.
Dalriada   Celtic Rock Band Welcome to Dalriada's homepage. Dalriada (formerly known as Piping Hot) are an exciting band from Australia who play original pop/rock music using traditional celtic instruments.
Beyond Ben Bulben BEYOND BEN BULBEN is the title adopted by a group of men and women in the State of Victoria Australia with a shared interest in Irish and Anglo-Irish literature and poetry, especially that of WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS  (1865- 1939). The title BEYOND BEN BULBEN was chosen  to illustrate the distance we are from Sligo and that magical place THE YEATS COUNTRY, in the midst of which is the resting place of W. B. Yeats and his wife George in Drumcliffe graveyard at the foot of BEN BULBEN the mountain which dominates Sligo town on one side and faces that other dominant magical mountain KNOCKNAREA
Gaelic Club Sydney The Gaelic Club was founded in 1910 and was intended as a meeting point for the Irish Community in Sydney. Traditionally a very poor element in Sydney society, the Irish Community were often a disperate and desparate group of individuals rather than an identifiable community.

The role of the Gaelic Club was to act as a safe haven for those feeling far from home.

Today the Gaelic Club is a hub of activity for today's Irish Community in Sydney.

This community is a mixture of those Australians whose backgrounds have an Irish identity with those new visitors to Sydney as travellers and as new Australians.

AustraliaIrish WELCOME to, home of all that's Irish in Australia as well as Melbourne's "The Aul' Sod" Newspaper online.

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