An Australia Day special!

A few months ago, while researching a story on the Australian national anthem Advance Australia Fair, I happened upon the location of the Sydney venue where the song had its first official public performance, back in 1878.

The building still exists, and is known to the National Trust and the City of Sydney as having a Victorian-era facade worth preserving. Even so, demolition was approved by the city council in the recent past so we are very lucky to still have it with us.

These days it is usually referred to as the Australian Workers Union Building (the name is on the facade), a usage which only dates to the 1930s. I was very surprised to find that neither the National Trust nor the City of Sydney Council appears to realise the building’s full historic significance.

You can read the full story here.

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