High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "The Song of Australia"
was written by English-born poet Caroline J. Carleton in 1859 for a
competition sponsored by the Gawler Institute. The music for the
song was composed by the German-born Carl Linger (1810-1862), a
prominent member of the Australian Forty-Eighters. The song was
popularised in Australia by a rendition in the early 20th century
by Australian baritone Peter Dawson. The song was one of four
included in a national plebiscite to choose Australia's national
song in 1977. Nationwide it was the least popular of the four
choices, but it had the distinction of being the most popular
choice in South Australia. The four songs in the plebiscite were:
Waltzing Matilda; the then current anthem, God Save the Queen (now
the Royal Anthem); the now current anthem, Advance Australia Fair;
and Song of Australia.
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