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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - January 24, 2016

Our National Day and our National Poem

We could have chosen any number of Days as our 'National Day'. What CLAIM to being our NATIONAL DAY do these dates have?

1 22 August
  Cook CLAIMED 'NSW' for Britain at Possession Island 1770
2 18 January
  First Fleet entered Botany Bay
3 20 January
  First Fleet entered Sydney Harbour
4 1 January
  We became a nation

Our two TRUE  national days are ANZAC Day and Cup Day.
When it comes to poems and songs - there is MUCH argument!
Waltzing Matilda? About a sheep thief!
Advance Australia fair?  Too British?
Our best KNOWN song world wide is  'The Wild Colonial Boy' but it's IRISH and about a criminal!




Henry Lawson - Waratah and Wattle

Though poor and in trouble I wander alone,
With rebel cockade in my hat,
Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown,
My country will never do that!
You may sing of the Shamrock, the Thistle, the rose,
Or the three in a bunch, if you will;
But I know of a country that gathered all those,
And I love the great land where the Waratah grows.
And the Wattle-bough blooms on the hill.

Australia! Australia! so fair to behold-
While the blue sky is arching above;
The stranger should never have need to be told,
That the Wattle-bloom means that her heart is of gold.
And the Waratah's red with her love.

Australia! Australia! most beautiful name,
Most kindly and bountiful land;
I would die every death that might save her from shame,
If a black cloud should rise on the stand;
But whatever the quarrel, whoever her foes,
Let them come! Let them come when they will!
Though the struggle be grim, 'tis Australia that knows
That her children shall fight while the Waratah grows,
And the Wattle blooms out on the hill.


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