Banjo Paterson

(17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941 / New South Wales)

"We're All Australians Now"


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.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie - 396 Points Pamela Leschevin D'ere (2/10/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    A good lesson in how nations are born from all sorts of different roots, to become united under one flag one anthem,
    joining up their forces to help against oppressive invasions from dictators with evil intent. I think it good to read this poet at this moment in our own fight for liberty and freedom. Panmelys 2015 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wilson Leung (10/13/2009 1:50:00 AM)

    really good poem i recommend this poem to anyone who is Australian even the prime minister (Report) Reply

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