The name Australia comes from the Latin word Australis which means Southern.
As far back as the 2nd century there were legends of an unknown southern land – Terra Australis Incognita (Latin). It was believed there had to be a large land mass in the south to balance the Northern land mass of Europe.
Slim Dusty was an Australian country music singer-songwriter and recorded many songs about Australia.
The Pub With No Beer song is based on a poem written during World War 2. Beer was rationed during the war and American serviceman had drunk all the beer in the Day Dawn Hotel in Ingham, Queensland.
Dan Sheahan, a local farmer, had ridden 20 miiles to town for a beer and discovered there was none. He later wrote a poem based on this experience. In 1956 songwriter Gordon Parsons reworked this into a song and presented it to Slim Dusty.
I included a vocabulary list at the end of this article – useful for ESL students.
Watch Slim Dusty sing the song, and follow along with the lyrics.