Song for Australia
by Caroline J. Carleton (1819-1874)
Australian writer. Written in 1859.
There is a land where summer skies
There is a land where honey flows
There is a land where treasures shine
There is a land where homesteads peep
There is a land where floating free,
About the Author
Caroline J. Carleton was born in England in 1820. Along with her husband and two children, she arrived in South Australia in 1839 and lived in Adelaide for many years.
In 1859 Caroline entered The Song of Australia in a competition sponsored by the Gawler Institute to celebrate its second anniversary. Out of 96 entries, The Song of Australia was awarded the first prize sum of ten guineas.
Charles Cameron Kingston, the Premier of South Australia, was so impressed with the song that he had it taught to all public school students in his state. Unfortunately, it never became Australia's national anthem. Advance Australia Fair, composed 19 years later by Peter Dodds McCormick, was preferred by the Commonwealth government.
Caroline Carleton died in 1874 and her admirers placed a monument over her grave at Wallaroo.