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Caroline Carleton Memorial
Title : Caroline Carleton Memorial Caroline Carleton Memorial
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Source : Carleton Memorial
Date of creation : 1923
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Unveiling of the Carleton Memorial at the Wallaroo Cemetery

Caroline Carleton and her husband Charles emigrated to South Australia in 1839, and 20 years later she penned the anthem Song of Australia in response to a competition organised by the Gawler Institute. Her words with music by Carl Linger won the competition.

The anthem was sung by several generations of South Australians including school children at assemblies and was favoured as Australia's national anthem. In 1977 Song of Australia lost at referendum to Advance Australia Fair, which was proclaimed Australia's national anthem in 1984. 

After her husband's death in 1861 Caroline Carleton taught for some years, but while visiting her daughter in Wallaroo she died and was buried in the local cemetery. In 1923 a red granite obelisk was erected at her grave by admirers. In 1959 the memorial was transferred to Centenary Square opposite the Post Office.

Related names :

Carleton, Caroline, 1820-1874

Coverage year : 1923
Place : Wallaroo
Region : Yorke Peninsula
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