An Australia guided by the spirit of the Eureka Tradition as symbolised by the diggers' flag and oath:
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties"

The Australian Flag by Francis Adams 1909

Pure blue Flag of Heaven
With your Silver Stars,
Not beside those Crosses'
Blood-stained torture-bars:

Not beside the token
The foul sea-harlot gave,
Pure blue Flag of Heaven,
Must you ever wave!

No, but young exultant,
Free from care and crime,
The soulless selfish England
Of this later time:

No, but, faithful, noble
Rising from her grave,
Flag of light and liberty,
For ever must you wave!


This poem was published in the 1910 Francis Adams collection Songs of the Army of the Night