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Article: Aboriginal Influences in a Hymn for the Republic

  • by Judy Robinson — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 1993, pp.23
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COMPOSER Colin Bright is a staunch republican, but even he cannot believe the rapid rise in popularity of the Australian republican movement since he began working on Young Tree Green a little over a year ago.

The title came from a favourite poem, Song of the Republic, written in 1887 by Henry Lawson. The poem urges Australians to "Banish from under your bonny skies, those old world error and wrongs and lies, making a hell in Paradise", and refers to Great Britain as the "old dead ...