Under the Southern Cross
The Australian character has been wrought by sedition. Britain sent to Australia’s shores boatloads of transportees, in chains: the rebels, the democrats, chartists, thinkers and political activists who were soon at large, free to pursue their destiny under the azure skies of the southern cross.
Celebrates all those who fought for Australian democracy against the denial of a jealous Britain. From the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the Eureka uprising; from the colonial poets to the songwriters Johnny O’Keefe, Slim Dusty, Cold Chisel, Yothu Yindi and ‘The Oils’. All have questioned authority and more often than not found it wanting.
‘Australians all let us unite, for we are young and free’ — lest we forget who fought for that freedom.