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Song of Australia
Song of Australia
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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.

Location

Address:91 Murray Street, Gawler Institute Building, Gawler, 5118
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.599463
Long: 138.749314
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Community
Actual Event STart Date:28-October-1959
Actual Event End Date:28-October-1959

Dedication

Front Inscription

                       There is a land where summer skies
                           
SONG OF AUSTRALIA
                      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 
                                    Was
                   First sung in public at Gawler
                     On 12th December 1859

                           THIS PLAQUE
                         COMMEMORATES
              THE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
                         28th October 1959
   &

Source: MA,NRUM
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