'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' was created from Peter's experience in visiting the Adelaide River War Cemetery (114 kms south of Darwin) in the Northern Territory and seeing the graves of Australians who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Peter felt he should do something within his capabilities to honour the memory of such incredible sacrifice.
"To stand on my homeland, surrounded by our war dead, who fought heroically to defend Australia and their loved ones down the track, was a profound experience and initiated the creation of the song." Peter Barnes
Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they're marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.
The song is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war. The marching theme of the song is especially powerful and supports the spirit of ANZAC Day. The song does not glorify war or endorse conflict of any kind. The song simply highlights the sacrifice of many Australians who died in the service and defence of our country in war.
The song has been used for commemorative purposes across Australia by schools, churches, choirs, bands, councils, retirement homes, military services, RSL branches and ANZAC tributes at NRL & AFL matches. Radio stations throughout Australia have broadcast the song leading up to ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. The song is also requested to be played at funerals (for veterans).
'It's Our Territory' is a song for the Northern Territory. Arguably, the most compelling anthemic song yet recorded for the Northern Territory. You don't have to be a Territorian to enjoy this song as its power, feeling, and sound, is appreciated by people across Australia and around the world.
'South Australia - It's My Home' is a state song commissioned by the South Australian Government.
"'South Australia - It's My Home' is a wonderful song." - Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE Governor of South Australia