I Still Call Australia Home

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"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.

It has been used to suggest 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 1982 when it was originally released 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.[3]



  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. ^ Ryan, Gavin (19 September 2015). "ARIA Singles : Justin Bieber ‘What Do You Mean’ Keeps Top Spot". Noise11. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "TNT 9 Closedown Early 1980s". c. 1980. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "TAS TV End of Transmission". c. 1986. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wonderful Welsh Choirs".  (track 11)
  7. ^ "Chaser QANTAS Ad". 
  8. ^ Gondwana Choirs Ltd (2010). Annual Report 2009 (PDF). Annual report. Sydney. p. 7. 

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