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Literacy Year 6: Poetry

Year 6 Literacy - Australian Poetry

Australian Bush Poetry and Verse

How To Analyse A Poem

Books on Poetry

A selection of Iconic Australian Film and Images


Still Call Australia Home - Peter Allen
This 1980s ballad portrays a longing for the Australian home life. Versions of the song have been used in many advertising campaigns, such as Qantas.



Crocodile Dundee - Peter Faiman
This 1986 film portrays the Australian outback when an American reporter visits. The movie has become an iconic vision of Australians and crocodile hunters.



The Castle - Rob Sitch
The 1997 film portrays a Melbourne family battling against the government. It uses Aussie slang and humour to demonstrate the idea of family and a fair go for all.



True Blue - John Williamson
You cannot get much more iconic than this 1981 Australian folk song. The song is jam packed with Aussie slang lyrics and hidden meanings about mateship and the Australian way of life.



You're The Voice - John Farnham
Released in 1986, this song is one of Farnham's biggest international successes. The song is crying out for unity and peace within the world, and was awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for 'single of the year'.



For The Working Class Man - Jimmy Barnes
Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes released this hit song in 1985, from his self-titled album Jimmy Barnes. This song defines what it is to be an Australian, and is a tribute to the working class man of the 1980s.



Shearing the Rams
This iconic painting was based on the Tom Robert's visit to Brocklesby Station in Corowa, in 1888, and reflects the artist engagement with the "ordinary"worker and labour struggles.


Australian Poetry Library

C.J.Dennis (1876-1938)

Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)




My Country by Dorothea Mackellar

Andrew Banjo Paterson (1864 - 1941)


Who was Andrew Banjo Paterson?

The Man from Snowy River By A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson

Ali McGregor & Adam Hills perform Clancy of the Overflow/Under The Milky Way.

Clancy Of The Overflow by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson

The Man From Snowy River - The Movie


Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. It has the ability to tell a story and invite the audience into the world it creates.
Below is the Trailer (preview) for the 1982 film. View and record your initial thoughts.