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Beneath the Southern Cross
Title : Beneath the Southern Cross Beneath the Southern Cross
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Creator : Schrader, Otto W.
Place Of Creation : Adelaide :
Publisher : Otto W.Schrader
Date of creation : [1900]
Format : Sheet music
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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As Australia progressed from its colonial phase to Federation, and with its participation in foreign wars and changing patterns of migration, the patriotic genre of music changed to reflect an independent Australia rather than a collection of British colonies.

The bulk of Australian patriotic music appears to have been inspired by the actions of Australians on the battlefield, however many patriotic songs have been produced as a result of competitions, often run in the quest for the definitive national song.

This piece has been dedicated to Charles Cameron Kingston who was Premier of South Australia from 1893-1899. One of Kingston's main achievements was his contribution to the Federation movement. In 1901 he was elected to the first Federal Parliament and served as Minister of Trade and Customs.

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Coverage year : 1900
Period : 1884-1913
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

The Oxford companion to Australian music, Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1997

Currency companion to music & dance in Australia, Sydney : Currency House in association with Currency Press, 2003

Holmes, Robyn The collector's book of sheet music covers, Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2001

Bannon, John. The crucial colony : South Australia's role in reviving federation, 1891 to 1897, Canberra : Federalism Research Centre, 1994

Crisp, L. F. Federation fathers, Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1990

Glass, Margaret Elizabeth. Charles Cameron Kingston : federation father, Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1997

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