Australia An Ancient Land - Poem by Francis Duggan
Australia an ancient Land even in the Dreamtime
That has inspired many great writers to story and rhyme
Of tropical and temperate climates of varying degrees
And of wattles, pittosporums and eucalypt trees.
The Land of the World's oldest Indigenous Race
In Australia the Country's first people do take pride of place
'Tis said they first arrived from Asia on Australia's northern shore
Going back in time sixty thousand years or more.
The home of the wallaby, the red and the gray kangaroo
The emu, corella the black and the white cockatoo
Of koala, echidna, brush turkey and mallee fowl
Platypus, lory, galah and the barking owl.
A Multicultural Land the Australia of today
A home from home for migrants from Lands far away
People from all parts of the World from Timbuctoo to Rome
Who are happy for to call Australia home.
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