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A plaque commemorates the Centenary celebrations of the "Song of Australia ". 

In 1859 the Gawler Institute offered a prize of ten guineas for a national song, one prize for lyrics and the other for music. Caroline Carleton wrote the words of  Song of Australia sitting on a bench in West Terrace cemetery (Adelaide) with her children playing nearby. She asked Carl Linger the Berlin-born music teacher, composer and conductor to set it to music and they won both prizes.

The song was first sung in public at Gawler in December in 1859 by Mary Ann Limb (nee Allen) who was the grandmother of entertainer Bobby Limb.   The song subsequently became a quasi-national anthem, and until the 1960's it was sung widely at public events and by children at school assemblies in South Australia as a demonstration of national pride.


Address:91 Murray Street, Gawler Institute Building, Gawler, 5118
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.599463
Long: 138.749314
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event STart Date:28-October-1859
Actual Event End Date:28-October-1959


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 28th October, 1959
Front Inscription

There is a land where sum-mer skies
Words: Caroline Carleton
   Music: Carl Linger

A Competition For A National Song
    Was Conducted By
   The Gawler Institute
            In 1859
From 96 Entries In The Lyric Section
And 23 Entries In The Musical Section

The "Song Of Australia"
      Selected As The Best
First Sung In Public At Gawler
On 12th December 1859

    This Plaque
The Centenary Celebrations
  28th October 1959
Celebration Committee
Chairman : Mayor of Gawler Louis Ey. J. P. 
President Institute Committee Noel Mclean
Librarian H. A. Heinrich
Honorary Secretary John H. Chambers


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