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The Global Anthem

One of the biggest surprises I recall, when moving to Australia in 1979 from the States, was my discovery that the classic piece of patriotic Americana that I had been singing since a child, “America (My Country ’tis of Thee)”, was also known, in Australia, as “God Save the Queen”—same melody, but with different words. And quite a different patriotism! “God Save the Queen” was the national anthem of Australia, until “Advance Australia Fair” topped an opinion poll conducted by the Whitlam government in 1974 and became the de facto anthem. “Advance Australia Fair” was eventually legislated as the national…

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