On this day in 1974, The Canberra Times' front page delivered the news that "Advance Australia Fair" would become the new national anthem.
Throughout February and March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics had undertaken a poll to see Australians' preferences for the new anthem. More than 60,000 people were polled, with over half choosing "Advance Australia Fair" over "Waltzing Matilda" and "Song of Australia".
A very small number of people proposed that the anthem should have remained as "God Save the Queen".
It was expected that the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, would announce the new anthem that day, telling Australians the new anthem would be "Advance Australia Fair", but "God Save the Queen" would be the anthem used in the presence of the Queen.
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