The man who is Australia

Slim Dusty at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, 1984
Slim Dusty at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, 1984 (NAA: A6135, K10/2/84/4)

In 1942, the 15-year-old son of a cattle farmer from Kempsey had the foresight and ambition to copyright a song he had composed. It was called ‘Beautiful Aussie Land’.

The songwriter’s name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick, but he had been going by the stage name of Slim Dusty since he was 11. Initially, the application was not processed correctly and the copyright office had to ask the young composer to resubmit his song with the music score. 

Three years later Slim released his first album and the rest is Australian music history.

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    Music score for 'Beautiful Aussie Land'
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    Lyrics for 'Beautiful Aussie Land'
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    Letter from Slim Dusty in support of his copyright application
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