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Hi, Im looking for information about the national anthem of Australia.
Who wrote the Australian national anthem (lyrics and music)?
When was the national anthem of Australia officially adopted?
Please add any valuable information like links to anthem's mp3, video, lyrics, free sheet music etc.
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The National anthem of Australia is "Advance Australia Fair".
Australia's anthem lyrics were written by Peter Dodds McCORMICK and the music was written by Peter Dodds McCORMICK.
Adopted 1984; Although Originally Written In The Late 19Th Century, The Anthem Did Not Become Used For All Official Occasions Until 1984; As A Commonwealth Country, In Addition To The National Anthem, "God Save The Queen" Is Also Played At Royal Functions .
National anthem of Australia free mp3 download
Press to download the mp3 file of Australia's National anthem - See link (file source: cia world factbook).
Listen to Australia national anthem on Youtube
Australian anthem lyrics (Official English)
Verse 1
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.
Verse 2
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 boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
You can find more information about Australian anthem on Wikipedia - See link.
Sheet Music: View the Australian national anthem sheet music - See link.


Australian national symbol: Southern Cross constellation (five, seven-pointed stars); kangaroo; emu.

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Conventional short form country name: Australia.
Conventional long form country name: Commonwealth of Australia.
Australia Government Type: federal parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm.
Federal (Federation) is a form of government in which sovereign power is formally divided - usually by means of a constitution - between a central authority and a number of constituent regions (states, colonies, or provinces) so that each region retains some management of its internal affairs; differs from a confederacy in that the central government exerts influence directly upon both individuals as well as upon the regional units. 
Parliamentary democracy is a political system in which the legislature (parliament) selects the government - a prime minister, premier, or chancellor along with the cabinet ministers - according to party strength as expressed in elections; by this system, the government acquires a dual responsibility: to the people as well as to the parliament. 
A Commonwealth realm is a sovereign state that is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch, and has a royal line of succession in common with the other realms. There are sixteen Commonwealth realms.
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