Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (JFK+50) Governor General Sir Ninian M. Stephen officially proclaimed "Advance Australia Fair" as the nation's national anthem 30 years ago today, April 19, 1984.
The patriotic song, written by Peter Dodds McCormick, was first performed on Saint Andrew's Day, November 30, 1878, in Sydney.
"God Save the King" (Queen) was the national anthem of Australia from 1788 to 1974.
"Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea.
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair.."