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Title: We're All Australians Now
Author: A. B. Paterson
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Language: English
Date first posted: December 2021
Most recent update: December 2021

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“We’re All Australians Now”

A. B. Paterson

 

Australia takes her pen in hand
    To write a line to you,
To let you fellows understand
    How proud we are of you.

From shearing shed and cattle run,
    From Broome to Hobson’s Bay,
Each native-born Australian son
    Stands straighter up today.

The man who used to “hump his drum”,
    On far-out Queensland runs
Is fighting side by side with some
    Tasmanian farmer’s sons.

The fisher-boys dropped sail and oar
    To grimly stand the test,
Along that storm-swept Turkish shore,
    With miners from the west.

The old state jealousies of yore
    Are dead as Pharaoh’s sow,
We’re not State children any more
    We’re all Australians now!

Our six-starred flag that used to fly
    Half-shyly to the breeze,
Unknown where older nations ply
    Their trade on foreign seas,

Flies out to meet the morning blue
    With Vict’ry at the prow;
For that’s the flag the Sydney flew,
    The wide seas know it now!

The mettle that a race can show
    Is proved with shot and steel,
And now we know what nations know
    And feel what nations feel.

The honoured graves beneath the crest
    Of Gaba Tepe hill
May hold our bravest and our best,
    But we have brave men still.

With all our petty quarrels done,
    Dissensions overthrown,
We have, through what you boys have done,
    A history of our own.

Our old world diff’rences are dead,
    Like weeds beneath the plough,
For English, Scotch, and Irish-bred,
    They’re all Australians now!

So now we’ll toast the Third Brigade
    That led Australia’s van,
For never shall their glory fade
    In minds Australian.

Fight on, fight on, unflinchingly,
    Till right and justice reign.
Fight on, fight on, till Victory
    Shall send you home again.

And with Australia’s flag shall fly
    A spray of wattle-bough
To symbolise our unity,
    We’re all Australians now.


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