Francis Duggan

The Southern Cross - Poem by Francis Duggan

A white cross with five stars in a background of navy blue
Men fought under it in eighteen fifty two
In Ballarat Town at the Eureka Stockade
Some miners died for workers rights there and history was made.

The flag of Australia it well ought to be
The stars of the Southern Cross predates human history
Above this Southern Land before the dinosaurs every moonlit night
The stars on the Southern Cross twinkled bright.

Long before the first gum tree or the birth of man
In the southern sky ever since time began
The stars on the Southern Cross all others outshone
And though the centuries came and went the stars are shining on.

The flag of Australia it may be one day
And to that the sooner the better is all I can say
Miners took it to battle where history was made
And died for their rights at Eureka Stockade.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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