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. Letters
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1913-1915 ]
    At National Library
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  2. 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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  3. Advance Australia fair / Amicus. Song of Australia / Carleton, Linger. Waltzing Matilda / Cowan
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Sound : 1975 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  4. Advance Australia fair : Awake! Awake! Australia / written and composed by Amicus
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1901-1930 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  5. Awake! Awake! Australia / written and composed by Amicus
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1910-1919 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Awake! Awake! Australia / written and composed by Amicus
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  6. Advance Australia fair : [arranged for brass band] / [Peter Dodds McCormick]
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1995-2000 ]
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    At Uni of Melb Library
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  7. Sing Australia / produced by Weldon Kids
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At 39 libraries
    Sing Australia / produced by Weldon Kids
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  8. Australia hail! patriotic song / [P.D. McCormick]
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1916 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  9. Advance Australia Fair : patriotic song / written and composed by "Amicus" [McCormick, P.D.]
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1879-1950 ]
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    Advance Australia Fair : patriotic song / written and composed by "Amicus" [McCormick, P.D.]
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  10. An Australian hymn : arranged with symphonies / written and composed by "Amicus"
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Printed music : 1880 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    An Australian hymn : arranged with symphonies / written and composed by "Amicus"
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Resources about P. D. McCormick (5)

  1. Letters
    McCormick, P. D. (Peter Dodds), 1834?-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1913-1915 ]
    At National Library
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  2. 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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  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. [Biographical cuttings on Peter Dodds McCormick, former principal of St Mary's National School, and believed to have written 'Advance Australia Fair', containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  1. DEATH OF MR. P. D. McCORMICK.
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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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