"Advance Australia Fair" was sung by a ten thousand strong choir at the inauguration of the Commonwealth and played by massed bands at the naming of the Federal capital celebrations in Canberra. In 1907, McCormick was awarded £100 for the song by the Government. Six years later, on August 1, 1913, he described how he came to write it. The inspiration he said was a concert he had attended at which various national anthems were sung, and he felt very aggravated that there was not one note for Australia. He worked out the first verse on his journey home, then set it to music, wrote it out, tried it on an instrument, and completed the words with the greatest ease, as if inspired, as surely he was. He did not though formally register it for copyright until September 3, 1915. He died October 30 the following year.
There were several attempts after his death to have it proclaimed the National Anthem of Australia, but it was not until 1974 that it was finally recognised as such, by which time McCormick already had another (albeit unofficial) anthem under his belt, "Flower Of Scotland
", which probably makes him the only person to achieve this double honour, certainly posthumously.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3