"No matter how far
Or how wide I roam
I still call Australia home."

PETER, ALLEN - I Still Call Australia Home

"For those who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share?"


"Advance Australia Fair. "


"This Australia is 'God's Own Country' for the brave."


"Let the word: Australian!
Dignify the lowliest man."

ARTHUR, BALYDON - Australian! Collected Poems

"To sail around the world at 16 is remarkable. It's inspirational for the country and, in a sense, represents the spirit of Australia. "


"But it's a strange thing that I don't think there's any place in the world where men feel a more real out-and-out respect for a gentleman than in Australia."

ROLF, BOLDREWOOD - Robbery under Arms

"And we were free! Lord God! to think that men can be such fools as ever to do anything of their own free will and guiding that puts their liberty in danger when there's such a world outside of a gaol wall - such a heaven on earth as long as a man's young and strong, and has all the feelings of a free man, in a country like this."

ROLF, BOLDREWOOD - Robbery under Arms

"If I was whisked away... I think I could put up with anything, except not seeing the Australian landscape. It would be a torture to have it cut off."


"It's an interesting thing in this country. I haven't won a gold medal, yet Australians still take me into their houses and hearts, they know my name and they care. I think Aussies like the little Aussie battler and the person who will stand up for their rights and I've never been short of a word, especially with officialdom. "


"Sport is a passion and out of passion comes love. No point trying to work out why some become heroes and others don't. The chosen ones just go into the pantheon and refuse to fade. Think of Bradman and Les Darcy, Phar Lap and Tommy Corrigan. "

LES, CARLYON - The Sunday Age, December 1995

"Australia is a quirky country. It is happy to have as heroes Phar Lap, a racehorse who died, Les Darcy, a boxer who died, Ned Kelly, a bushranger who was hanged, and Simpson, a private soldier shot by a Turkish sniper. It celebrates a military adventure called Gallipoli that, brave as it was, was lost from the second day. We like gritty failures and folk heroes. Bradman , the folk hero who didn't stumble, is an exception. "

LES, CARLYON - Heroes in our Eyes

"For better or worse, sport has become central to Australian life and the business of being Australian. Sporting culture is accessible and provides continuing satisfaction for many Australians. It is immensely popular and also addresses some of the central issues of Australian life. "

RICHARD, CASHMAN - Paradise of Sport: the rise of organised sport in Australia

"It's a country full of old men, with thumbscrews on their hunger,
Their crosses leaning sideways in the scrub.
My cousins spit to windward, great noses blue with moonlight,
Their shoulders propping up the Kunjin pub.
Once I rode with Clancy through the wet hills of Wickepin,
By Kunjin and Corrigin with moonlight of the roofs,
And the iron shone faint and ghostly on the lonely, moonlit siding
And the salt earth rang like crystal underneath our flying hoofs."

DOROTHY, COADE HEWETT - Once I Rode with Clancy...

"And the immortal swagman goes,
Singing down the centuries,
He hangs a sheepskin on the fence,
A shadow on the bluegum trees."


"God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia."


"Today, let us remind ourselves of those things we believe make Australia truly great: our harmonious multicultural society and our respect for each other, our culture of a fair go, our spirit of equality and our humane commitment to those in strife."

DAVID, de KRETSER - Australia Day address 2011

"The young leaves is shootin' on the trees,
The air is like a long, cool swig o' beer,
The bonzer smell of flow'rs is on the breeze,
An' 'ere's me, 'ere
Jist moochin' round like some pore, barmy coot,
Of 'ope and joy, an' forchin destichoot."

C.J., DENNIS - A Spring Song

"To many indigenous Australians, in fact, most indigenous Australians, it really reflects the day in which our world came crashing down. I'm sensitive to that, I understand that... but I think Australia is mature enough now to have a conversation about that, and let's get on with it, like we usually do."


"Australians are not given to applauding tragedy unless it is at a distance like Gallipoli or Cooper's Creek, and they prefer pure heroism to be spiced with disaster, except of course in sport. It was all very well for Adam Lindsay Gordon to have shot himself, but it would never have done for Don Bradman. "

GEOFFREY, DUTTON - The Australian Heroes

"The Australian people made heroes of none, and raised no idols, except perhaps Ned Kelly, an outlaw, and Carbine, a horse. "

BRIAN, FITZPATRICK - The Australian Commonwealth

"Through the activities of Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) I've learned that we can establish a very different kind of relationship with this land - one that permits us to nourish and sustain its biodiversity, its soils and landscapes. "


"It's us that decide whether native species will go extinct, or be allowed to thrive. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), I believe, allows us to express a new sort of patriotism. Through it we can slowly reappraise what it means to be Australian. "


"The Australian continent is rich with indigenous flora whose power transcends any sense of jingoism. "


"I have been told many times that when I win I make my people proud to be Australian. I am Aboriginal, I am one of them and every time I win or am honoured like this it should be an example to Aboriginal people who may think they have nowhere to go but down. But more importantly I am an Australian and I would like to make all Australians feel proud to be Australian. Ours is a truly multicultural society and should be united as such. I would like to believe that my successes are celebrated by all Australians, bringing our nation together."

CATHERINE, FREEMAN - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

"It is not in our cities or townships, it is not in our agricultural or mining areas, that the Australian attains full consciousness of his own nationality; it is in places like this, and as clearly here as at the centre of the continent. To me the monotonous variety of this interminable scrub has a charm of its own; so grave, subdued, self centred; so alien to the genial appeal of more winsome landscape, or the assertive grandeur of mountain and gorge. "

JOSEPH, FURPHY - Tom Collins, Such is Life

"Australia, to the people,
Who groan in every land,
Would send a friendly greeting,
Would give a brother's hand:-
Would bid them their great miseries
Forget a little while,
And learn that in her affluent land
They may both live and smile.
Come then, ye sufferers of the Earth,
Australia bids you haste,
To make your homes within her wilds,
Your cities in her waste:-
Come, for here Abundance spreads
A table for the poor -
And says, in blessing o'er their heads,
Ye Mourners, mourn no more!"

HENRY, HALLORAN - Australia's Welcome

"I've humped my billy in all the States
With my old black billy, the best of mates.
For years I have camped, and toiled, and tramped
On roads that are rough and hilly,
With my plain and sensible,
Old black billy."


"There is a timelessness about sport. Like music and art, it is a quality that cuts across generations and nations. It provides a link between Australians of succeeding generations whether urging on a Donald Bradman or cheering and rejoicing in the America's Cup victory. Call it the spirit, the soul of sport - it will be in 2001 the same as it was in 1901. "

GREG, HARTUNG - Spirit in Australian Sport: a profile

"There's no place like home, Mum. Have me head read if ever I leave this gawd's own lovely land again. You dunno what a lovely land it is till you've seen them other crowded, foggy, frozen, furrin holes."

XAVIER, HERBERT - Frank McLash returns home from the wars: Capricornica

"There is a very special place in the Australian psyche for sport. It is one of the pillars of the Australian way of life. You don't really understand what makes the Australian nation tick unless you understand the great affection Australians have for sport. "


"I think that I could never spy
A poem as lovely as a pie
A banquet in a single course
Blushing with red tomato sauce
A pie whose crust is oven kissed
Whose gravy scalds the eater's wrist
The pastie and the sausage roll
Have not thy brown mysterious soul
The dark hues aborigine
Is less indigenous than thee;
As round and rich as Zara
As tasteful as Patrick White
With a glass of purple para
You're the great Australian bite."

BARRY, HUMPHRIES - Piece in the Form of a Meat Pie

"Why do we love Australia
Why does it haunt us still
We've got so much on our plate here
The world wants to emigrate here
And one day I'm afraid they will
But still we all love Australia
Whatever Australia may be
Let our voices swell with pride
We are extremely satisfied
Australia you're the land for me."

BARRY, HUMPHRIES - Song of Australia

"For people to be heroes in Australia they have to tap into the feelings and ideals of the nation. It has a lot to do with how they are represented and how the media portray them. A hero has to be seen at some level as a role model."


"There is a universal notion, exaggerated in Australia, that sport connects people who are not connected either by history, community, culture, gender, race, class or status. Sport is seen as the transcender, the unifier and the healer of difference. "


"I have no intention of asking mercy for myself of any mortal man, or apologising, but I wish to give timely warning that if my people do not get justice and those innocents released from prison, I shall be forced to seek revenge of everything of the human race for the future. "


"I have outlived that care that curries public favour or dreads the public frown - let the hand of law strike me down if it will, but I ask that my story be heard and considered. "


"It is not that I fear death, I fear it as little as to drink a cup of tea. "


"Ah well, I suppose it has come to this... Such is life! "

NED, KELLY - on the scaffold

"We're all members of the outback club
We don't back down and we don't give up
We're all living in a land we love"

LEE, KERNAGHAN - The Outback Club

"For the sons of all Australia, they were born to conquer fate -
And, where charity and friendship are sincere,
Where sinner is a brother, and a stranger is a mate,
There the future of a nation is written clear."


"I saw it in the days gone by,
When the dead girl lay at rest,
And the wattle and the native rose
We placed upon her breast.

I saw it long ago
(And I've seen strong men die),
And who, to wear the wattle,
Hath better right than I?

I've fought it through the world since then,
And seen the best and worst,
But always in the lands of men
I held Australia first."

HENRY, LAWSON - The Wattle

"If European symbols and traditions have grown tired, perfunctory and oppressively banal in Australia, or been drained of spirit and meaning by the dreary dictates of materialism and secularity, then the raw spirit truth of our native land is alive and radiant by comparison. For joy and meaning we might well turn to our natural country and witness miracles of vitality and new life, of inspiration and profound beauty; all in some humble, quiet and improbable place."

MICHAEL, LEUNIG - Bush Christmas with butterflies and child, The Saturday Age 24 December 2011

"Yet out in the countryside, beyond the harsh gravity of the material world, far from Father Christmas and closer to Mother Nature, a wondrous child may behold the miracles of the bush and know that new life and great beauty are abundant and eternal. There is no monumental religious event in this infinity of detail and diversity; it is all part of a broader ancient miracle.
Huge clouds of brown butterflies swirl up into the dazzling light, parrots swoop to grassy earth, honeyeaters ravish the sweet flowers of the bottlebrush, echidnas trundle steadily in search of each other, lizards dart among ants and ancient rocks, the fine branchlets of manna gums quiver to the mating growls of koalas, ibises stroll and feast on grasshoppers and gleaming Christmas beetles hang from eucalyptus leaves like small green baubles. The birds sing gloriously and not a wrong note is heard. This is Christmas in the bush..."

MICHAEL, LEUNIG - Bush Christmas with butterflies and child, The Saturday Age 24 December 2011

"Australia is a strange country. It takes time to know him. Of course it was hard but you have to try something different to have a better life for your family. For us it was a better life here, for schools and everything."


"I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains,
Of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror - the wide brown land for me!"


"Probably only Ned Kelly and the largely nameless heroes of ANZAC rival in the public imagination those who have gained fame in the sports arena or on the race track. Phar Lap would rate more highly than any politician, Don Bradman more than any artist. "

BILL, MANDLE - The National Times, 2-7 July 1973

"Shoot straight you bastards. Don't make a mess of it. "

BREAKER, MORANT - to the firing squad

"The Australian backyard was once built for tradesmen and outdoor toilets. As suburbs spread, it became a playground and source of pride..."


"Backyards are as Australian as the Hills Hoists they host, and as individual as those who work and play in them. Whether haven, pantry or playground, they all tell a story."


"Australia, where are your caretakers gone?"

NEIL, MURRAY - Native Born

"Did I hear you say
My country right or wrong"

MIDNIGHT, OIL - My Country, Songwriter: Rob Hirst

"I got only a fiver for the song, but it's worth a million to me to hear it sung like this."

A.B. BANJO, PATERSON - on hearing Waltzing Matilda sung at an army camp at the beginning of WW1

"Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

A.B. BANJO, PATERSON - Waltzing Matilda

"And down by Koscuisko, where the pine-clad ridges raise
Their torn and rugged battlements on high,
Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze
At midnight in the cold and frosty sky,
And where around the Overflow the reed beds sweep and sway
To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,
The Man from Snowy River is a household word today,
And the stockmen tell the story of his ride."

A.B. BANJO , PATERSON - The Man From Snowy River

"A young man in a young land, he
Dreams noble dreams of youth;
And, foremost in the van of years,
He sows the seeds of truth."

RODERIC, QUINN - The Australian

"Recipe for the Diamantina Cocktail:
Mix a blast of Bundaberg Rum, a dollop of condensed milk, and one surely whipped emu's egg,
pour briskly over bald ice, garnish with a gum leaf, and goodnight gungadin."

LITTLE, RIVER BAND - Diamantina Cocktail

"If it moves, shoot it; if if doesn't, chop it down."


"I have travelled to over 200 countries and indeed I believe Australia is one of the most fortunate in the world. "


"I love a sunburnt kingdom
A land of sheepish brains
Of rugged online retail
Of banks and credit drains

I love her Chinese apples
Her flooding foreign debt
Her shrinking sovereign ownership
Why change her style just yet?"

JOHN, SPOONER - My Lifestyle

"Australia formed me, I must be an Australian. "


"To the native-born Australian the Wattle stands for home, country, kindred, sunshine and love - every instinct that the heart most deeply enshrines... Let Wattle henceforth be a sacred charge to every Australian... Let us rouse our young people's sense of chivalry, and make the Wattle synonymous with Australia's honour. "


"Australia is a young multicultural country, rich in natural resources and comparative racial harmony, whose people are down to earth with great initiative. Australia has the capacity to be one of the great nations of the world."

MAJOR-GENERAL ALAN, STRETTON - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

"The great Australian backyard... it's weird, it's wonderful and it's ours."


"Nowhere in the world does spring announce itself with so lovely a splendour as in Australia... our wattles burst in such passionate profusion of golden blossom as no other country can rival."


"This country is made up of many tribes. yours, your brothers, your sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts, many families making up a vast country. We're Australians, all connected by our different tribes. And this day, well it's all about celebrating that bond, because when we join hands we become one - one people, one place - and that gives a certain texture, a certain beat. It makes us want to shout for all to hear, 'this place, this tribe, this is Australia!'"

JACK, THOMPSON - Australia Celebrates

"There is nothing more Australian than our commitment to 'a fair go'. We believe that we live in an egalitarian society, where Jack is as good as his master and deference is almost unknown, where anyone with talent and grit can realize their dreams. "


"Like the dark wood itself, which can burgeon into anyone's sleep, Queensland is fluid in size and shape, it ebbs and flows and refuses to be anchored in space, it billows out like a net that can settle without warning over its most wayward children and pull them home."


"Our great Scottish poet and novelist (Sir Walter Scott) has finely said: 'Lives there a man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said--This is my own, my native land?' But is there not a formidable rival to the force of this sentiment in that with which one clings to the land where so many of the most vigorous years of life have been actively spent? And a land, besides, of surpassing sunny beauty and of rare romance."


"When you are faced with an impasse you have got to crash through or you've got to crash."


"I am first and foremost a musician, although those of us who live elsewhere still dream about the inspirational qualities of Australia and its ravishing transcendental beauty."


"These are challenging and exciting times. No previous generation of Australians has ever had such an opportunity. No other country in the world has such an opportunity now. So long as we retain faith in ourselves, practise tolerance and reward initiative, we should be in no doubt about succeeding."

DR JOHN, YU - on accepting his Australian of the Year award, 1996