Song Author: Bruce Woodley


I Am Australian

I Am Australian must rate as one of the best anthoms written for Australia. If not the beat. The song gives a heart-felt meaning.

I am Australian (or We are Australian) is a popular Australian poem written in 1987 by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and Dobe Newton of The Bushwackers. Its lyrics are filled with many historic and cultural references, such as to the ‘digger’, Albert Namatjira and Ned Kelly, among others.

Its popularity has allowed it to join the ranks of other patriotic songs considered as alternatives to the Australian National Anthem – Advance Australia Fair. It is commonly taught in primary schools.

In 1996 the Salvation Army used the song in TV adverts for its Red Shield Appeal, raising funds to help people needing help.

The song also was released in 1997 by trio Judith Durham (of The Seekers), Russell Hitchcock (from Air Supply) and Yothu Yindi’s Mandawuy Yunupingu.

EMI Australia released the single and it reached number 17 on the Australian ARIA Charts in June.

I am Australian is popular at celebrations such as Australia Day and New Year’s Day, as it celebrates the diversity of Australian society – the lyrics to the chorus emphasise this: We are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on Earth we come, we share a dream and sing with one voice – I am, you are, we are Australian.

I am Australian is sometimes played at citizenship ceremonies, and is often sung by Australian fans at numerous sporting events. A famous rendition was given at the 1994 AFL Grand Final.