South Australia - It's My Home

On November 3, 2001, the Public Primary Schools Music Festival Choir sung the song at the swearing-in ceremony of South Australia's new Governor, Her Excellency Mrs Marjorie Jackson- Nelson AC CVO MBE.

"'South Australia - It's My Home' is a wonderful song."
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Governor of South Australia

Performances of this State song to date include South Australian Government functions and community presentations, Davis Cup Tie against Germany, Showdown matches between the Adelaide Crows and Port Power, Olympic Flame arrival celebrations in Adelaide, and International World Environment Day.

More than ten thousand young South Australians learnt the song when it was included in the ‘Song Book’ for State Public Primary Schools in 2001.  The song was sung during the State Public Primary School Festival of Music at the Adelaide Festival Centre in August 2001.

The song has also been broadcast on radio stations in Adelaide and country regions of South Australia, including South Australia Day.

The song was broadcast on television to millions of people worldwide at the 2000 Olympic soccer games at Hindmarsh Stadium.

South Australia - It's My Home - Commissioned by the South Australian Government.

Concept, title and lyrics (Author): Peter Barnes
Music composition: Lachlan McLeod
Arrangement: Stephen Richter
Choral arrangement: Rosemary Nairn

Thanks to: Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Education, Training and Employment, SA Public Primary Schools Music Society and Hawthorndene Primary School

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About the author...

Peter Barnes was born in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1953. His education included the Queen Street Public Primary School, followed by five years at Ballarat Central Technical School, and he then completed one year at the School of Mines Ballarat.  He moved to Melbourne to work as a graphic artist (retouching) for McEwens Hardware, then spent five years working for The Age newspaper as a press artist (including one year with Age Publications as a graphic designer). To cut a long story short, Peter's career eventually saw him attain the roles of general manager and creative director with leading advertising agencies in Darwin and Adelaide.  Peter has lived and worked in the Northern Territory and now resides in South Australia.  Today, he is self-employed with an online business.

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