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‘White Australia’ Song Sheet Music, 1910

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‘White Australia’ Song Sheet Music, 1910 was performed at the Australian Natives’ Association (ANA) National Fete, 31 January 1910. The Association was a staunch supporter of trade protection and immigration restrictions.

The song consists of three verses and a chorus. Motifs on the sheet music include a white map of Australia. The lyrics include:

“Our Northern territory no longer is to be the open gate of coloured migration. This continent of ours is noa a white man’s land and not for alien surplus population.”

The cover bears the Australian coat of arms with the words Advance Australia.

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Essential Facts:

  • Title:               ‘White Australia’ Song Sheet Music, 1910
  • Year:               1910
  • Dimensions:  W: 260 mm; H: 360 mm
  • Material:        Paper
  • Museum:       Immigration Museum, Melbourne

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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons