Slim Dusty and Waltzing Matilda

In Australia, this will be a long weekend, as Monday is Australia Day, the celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, which initiated European settlement of the land Down Under.

In the spirit of that celebration, here is Australia’s legendary Slim Dusty (whom we lost in 2003, sad to say) performing Oz’s “unofficial national anthem” at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It’s fun to see everyone sing along so enthusiastically. If you watch the video, keep an eye out for a few other Aussie icons.

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