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As a performer who could sing his own songs, Jack O’Hagan was first to be filmed in Frank Thring Senior’s Entertainers series on popular artists. The 7-minute film was made in 1931 as a support to the feature film Diggers. Jack sings a selection of his own compositions – ‘Carry On’, ‘By the Great Big Blue Billabong’, In Dreamy Araby’, ‘After the Dawn’ and ‘Along the Road to Gundagai’. This was the first and only time Jack performed on film.

Credit: Efftee Presents Jack O’Hagan Vocalist Composer, Efftee Entertainers, 1931.

Ampol Australia produced a 3-minute film featuring ‘God Bless Australia’, written to the tune of Waltzing Matilda’, as a tribute to Australia Day and Jack O’Hagan. It was introduced by Brian Henderson and broadcast nationwide on GTV-9 at prime time (8pm) on 28 January 1968. It is reproduced here with permission from Caltex (Ampol) and Sony ATV (EMI Music Publishing).

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"Jack was the first man to prove that Australians could create and enjoy their own popular music."

Frank Van Straten

"The legacy he leaves behind is a great one, an amazing character, you can pigeonhole him quite easily, Australia's best and best-known composer."

Bert Newton3DB Radio tribute to Jack O'Hagan, 16/7/87

"If Jack had been born in America he would have been world famous."

Barry Humphries

"It sounds like the kind of music Andrew Lloyd Webber wishes he could write."

Dame Edna EverageSaid of Jack O'Hagan's 'Flame of Desire".

"Peter & Jack was a major historic ‘piece de resistance’. It was an incredible artistic achievement of national significance. We all learned with great pride what great artists Peter and Jack were.”

Frank FordAdelaide Cabaret Festival, June 2015.

"Jack O'Hagan, the most famous Australian songwriter of the 1930s and '40s... were he an American, would have been honoured in some Hall of Fame and celebrated at The Lincoln Center."

Barry HumphriesComic Controls Cabaret, Upfront, Qantas, June 2015.