McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds) (1834-1916)

Also known as
Amicus (1834-1916)
McCormick, P. D.
McCormick, P. D. (1834-1916)
McCormick, Peter Dodds (1834-1916)
Field of activity
composer; lyricist; teacher; Schoolteacher; Songwriter
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Peter Dodds McCormick (1834?-1916), schoolteacher and songwriter, was born at Port Glasgow, Scotland, son of Peter McCormick, seaman, and his wife Janet, née Dodds. After completing his apprenticeship...

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Peter Dodds McCormick is best known today as the composer of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair. He arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1855, after completing an apprenticeship as a joiner. He became involved in musical societies and, after attending Fort Street Model School for a month in 1863, he was appointed teacher-in-charge at St Marys National School. He also taught at the Presbyterian denominational school at Woolloomooloo, and Dowling Street Public School. McCormick, a patriotic Scot, was an active member of a number of Scottish patriotic organisations, and a Presbyterian elder. He was the precentor of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of NSW and organised many church choirs, and conducted a choir of ten thousand children and a thousand teachers at the Robert Raikes Sunday school centenary demonstration in 1880. He published numerous patriotic and Scottish songs, including Awake! Awake! Australia, and The Bonnie Banks o' Clyde, taking the pseudonym "Amicus". McCormick claimed he wrote the words and music for Advance Australia Fair after attending a concert which featured many national anthems, but none for Australia. Its original opening line was "Australia's sons, let us rejoice". It was premiered at the St Andrew's Day concert of the Highland Society in 1878 and later published by WH Paling and Co. Most significantly, it was sung at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia by a choir of ten thousand, with the words modified slightly to include "our youthful Commonwealth". In 1907 the Carruthers government awarded McCormick one hundred pounds for his patriotic composition. It was not until 1974 that it was proclaimed the national anthem by the Whitlam government. After the Fraser government's decision to restore God Save the Queen as the anthem, the Governor-General finally proclaimed it as the national anthem in 1984.

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  1. Advance Australia fair / composed by Peter Dodds McCormick
    McCormick, P (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Article, Book : 1915-2011 ]
    Languages: English;lis, [1 other]
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    Advance Australia fair / composed by Peter Dodds McCormick
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  2. Advance Australia fair / illustrated by John McIntosh ; written by P.D. McCormick
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Article : 1996 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Advance Australia fair / illustrated by John McIntosh ; written by P.D. McCormick
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  3. Sing Australia / produced by Weldon Kids
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Book, Article : 1996 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Sing Australia / produced by Weldon Kids
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  4. Deposited in the Mitchell Library on 9th May 1916 / by Peter Dodds McCormick
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1916 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Letters
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1913-1915 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Advance Australia fair / written and composed by "Amicus"
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1900-2005 ]
    Languages: English;No linguistic content;Maori, [2 others]
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    Advance Australia fair / written and composed by "Amicus"
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  7. The Australian national anthem
    Cowan, Marie, -1919
    [ Printed music : 1980-1989 ]
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    The Australian national anthem
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  8. Advance Australia fair / P. D. McCormick ; arr. Leehy, O'Brien, O'Mara
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
    At 12 libraries
    Advance Australia fair / P. D. McCormick ; arr. Leehy, O'Brien, O'Mara
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  9. Advance, Australia fair / words and music by P.D. McCormick ; God save the Queen / composed by Henry Carey
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1910-2002 ]
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    Advance, Australia fair / words and music by P.D. McCormick ; God save the Queen / composed by Henry Carey
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  10. The four school mates : an Australian tale of misfortune and success / by P.D. McCormick ; preface by John Fraser ; introduction by Archd. Gilchrist
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Book : 1896 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  1. Deposited in the Mitchell Library on 9th May 1916 / by Peter Dodds McCormick
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1916 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Letters
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1913-1915 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Jubilee of an amateur musician : Sydney, 5th February 1907
    [ Book : 1907 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. About our national anthem Advance Australia Fair : details about the composing and selection of our national anthem / as collated by Aubrey John Walters
    Walters, Aubrey John
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  5. Sydney Town Hall : address at its opening
    Gilchrist, Archibald, 1843-1896
    [ Unpublished : 1940 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  1. Advance Australia Fair; God save the Queen; God defend New Zealand
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  2. Advance Australia fair : SATB & piano / arr. Stephen Leek
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  3. The Australian national anthem
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  1. Advance Australia fair / composed by 'Amicus' (Peter Dodds McCormick, 1835-1916) ; arranged by Squadron leader M.A.Butcher, RAAF
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1835-1916
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  2. Advance Australia fair : for brass quintet / Peter Dodds McCormick ; arr. Sarah Wells, 2007
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  3. Show the flag on Australia Day! the national anthem, Advance Australia fair / composed by 'Amicus' (Peter Dodds McCormick); arranged by M.A. Butcher
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  4. Advance, Australia fair [music] Words and music by P. D. McCormick ; arranged by Kit Smith
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  1. DEATH OF MR. P. D. McCORMICK.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 31 October 1916 p 8 Article Illustrated
    ... DEATH OP MR. P. D.   McCORMICK.     The death occurred suddenly at his   ... of the Presbyterian Church and composer of "Advance, Australia Fair." The late Mr. McCormick was ... 596 words
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  2. SOCIAL.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 2 June 1876 p 7 Article
    ... whole of tha musical arrangements" wore under the direction of Air.' P. D. M'Cormick. On AVednesday, the ... applauded. Mis. .Caldwell was the accompanist; the Highland ptpors (Messrs. Campbell and McRae) and the ... 4593 words
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  3. THE SCOTTSDALE-BRANXHOLM RAILWAY. SIR JOHN DODDS'S EVIDENCE. EMPHATIC DENIALS.
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Thursday 21 April 1910 p 5 Article
    ... have asked for the attendance ot Mr. McCormick. This is an open inquiry, t nd, ns wai arranged in tho ... ' lion and cross-oxn" is Mr. McCormick Tho Coiiiniisslon is thnt Mr. Keati nesses on his list I may say ... 7841 words
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  1. THE CIVIL SERVICE LIST OF 1885. Published under the provisions of Section 16 of the Civil Service Act, 1884.
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  2. STOCK ACT, 1901. PART VI.—REGISTRATION OF BRANDS OF HORSES AND CATTLE. FIRST QUARTERLY LIST OF HORSE AND CATTLE BRANDS FOR 1912—FIRST NOTIFICATION.
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