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"I Am Australian" (or "We are Australian") is a popular Australian song written in 1987 by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and Dobe Newton of the Bushwhackers. 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". Even without music, when you read the words in poetic form, you will hear the melodic tune and harmony that is so beautiful and familiar. It might move you to go to YouTube and listen to your favourite version.
The True Story of The Pub With No Beer
In 1943 local farmer Dan Sheahan rode 20 miles to town for a beer at the Day Dawn Hotel in Ingham. Beer was rationed during the war and the American servicemen had drunk the bar dry the night before. On hearing this from the publican Gladys Harvey, and unhappy about riding home dry, Dan penned a poem that he called the “Pub without Beer”.
On January 1st 1944, the NQ Register published the poem in Ben Bowyangs column.
In 1956 songwriter Gordon Parsons was handed a scrap of paper at the Taylors Arms Hotel in NSW with the poem as an ‘anonymous’ verse. He revamped it and presented it as a song to Slim Dusty who recorded it on the back of “Saddle Boy” on April Fools Day 1957. Confusion of the songs origin reigned for years until Slim acknowledged Dan’s claim in his book “The Country Mile”.
The Original Day Dawn Hotel was owned by the Harvey family and was partly demolished and rebuilt as Lees Hotel. Recently Lees Hotel received Queensland Icon status through the Queensland Heritage Trust and was formally recognised as the Original Pub With No Beer. So, if you are ever travelling up Ingham way, between Townsville and Cairns, pull over as you go into town. The pub has got plenty of beer these days and the town has got a proud history for you to enjoy.