|Birth name||John Francis O'Hagan|
|Born||29 November 1898|
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
|Died||15 July 1987(aged 88)|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, radio personality|
O'Hagan was born as John Francis O'Hagan, in Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne. He was the son of Pat O'Hagan, a hotelkeeper and Alice née Quinlan. He went to school at St Patrick's College and then later at Xavier College in Melbourne. His first job in the music business was at Allans Music in Melbourne - he played sheet music for potential customers. When radio was introduced to Australia, he was one of the first to broadcast for 3LO.
Between 1916 and 1961 O'Hagan wrote over 600 songs, more than 200 of which were published. Some of O'Hagan's well-known songs are:
- "Along The Road To Gundagai" 1922 (used as the theme to the Dad and Dave radio show); first performed by Bass-Baritone singer Peter Dawson in 1924 and recorded in London before selling some 40,000 to 50,000 copies in the first three months.
- "Our Don Bradman" 1930
- "Dog on the Tuckerbox" 1938
- "Ginger Meggs" 1948
- "God Bless Australia" 1961 It was used in a film-theatre advertisement which was run during the 1960s by the then Australian petrol company, Ampol and sung to the tune of Waltzing Matilda.
- Bebbington, Warren The Oxford Companion To Australian Music Oxford University Press 1997
- "John Francis 'Jack' O'Hagan (1898-1987) Song Composer". 150 years: 150 lives (Brighton General Cemetery). Travis M Sellers. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Waltzing Matilda and the National Anthem". Roger Clarke's Waltzing Matilda site. Roger Clarke. 10 September 2003. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "The Jack O'Hagan story". David Spicer Productions. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- Llewellyn, Marc (4 February 2007). "Beyond the Tuckerbox". Travel (Australia). News Limited. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- The Jack O'Hagan Collection at the National Film and Sound Archive contains, recordings, correspondence, sheet music, scrapbooks, financial documents, artworks, scripts etc.
- Music Australia Biography: Jack O'Hagan
- Listen to an excerpt of 'Along the Road to Gundagai' sung by Peter Dawson in 1931 on australianscreen online.