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I Still Call Australia Home

"I Still Call Australia Home" is a song written and performed by Peter Allen in 1980. In it, Allen sings of Australian expatriates' longing for home.

"I Still Call Australia Home"
Song by Peter Allen
from the album Bi-Coastal
ReleasedJune 1980
Songwriter(s)Peter Allen
Lyricist(s)Peter Allen


Significance to Australian cultureEdit

It has been used to signify Australian patriotism and nostalgia for home. An example is the series of Qantas television commercials where it was sung either by individual Australian musicians or one of several Australian youth choirs.[1]

In the 1984 Summer Olympics' Opening Gala TV special (in Los Angeles), Olivia Newton-John performed this song from Sydney, Australia with the choir in a medley with "Waltzing Matilda". Later, both songs were used in the musical about Allen's life, The Boy from Oz, in which Hugh Jackman starred as Allen.

"I Still Call Australia Home" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry in 2013.[2]


"I Still Call Australia Home" peaked at number 72 on the Australian singles chart in June 1980[3] when it was originally released,[4] but re-entered the charts and peaked at number 60 in September 2015 following the screening of the mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.[5]



  1. ^ a b c Duncan Macleod. "Qantas I Still Call Australia Home". The Inspiration Room Daily. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  2. ^ National Film and Sound Archive: Sounds of Australia.
  3. ^ "Kent Music Report No 312 – Week Ending 16 June 1980". (original document published by Kent Music Report). Retrieved 12 August 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 15. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (19 September 2015). "ARIA Singles : Justin Bieber 'What Do You Mean' Keeps Top Spot". Noise11. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ "TNT 9 Closedown Early 1980s". c. 1980. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  7. ^ "TAS TV End of Transmission". c. 1986. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Wonderful Welsh Choirs". (track 11)
  9. ^ "Chaser QANTAS Ad".
  10. ^ Gondwana Choirs Ltd (2010). Annual Report 2009 (PDF). Annual report. Sydney. p. 7.
  11. ^ "Tim Minchin - A heartfelt song to my homeland..." Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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