Australia has lost a musical and cultural icon with the passing of Judith Durham AO.
Judith Durham gave voice to more than one generation of Australians through words of universal appeal, carried by melodies that, once heard, became fixed in our memories and, indeed, on this nation’s identity.
Durham demonstrated in song after song, concert after concert, how the human voice can reach, and move, every one of us.
Her language was uniquely Australian, and her voice a gift of universal beauty.
She was an exemplary performer, a fine and gifted musician, who most recently displayed enormous strength and courage in dealing with the adversity of her health issues through the transforming power of music.
The heights of fame achieved by Judith Durham were extraordinary. In her distinguished musical career as a singer and performer – be it through the 200,000-strong crowd she and The Seekers drew at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 1967, her Australian of the Year award in 1968, her and The Seekers’ iconic performance at the 1994 AFL Grand Final, being awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014, her Victorian of the Year award in 2015, and her induction into the Australian Women in Music Awards Honour Roll in 2019 – Judith Durham achieved it all.
On behalf of the federal coalition, Kirilly and I extend our condolences to Judith’s family, friends, and many fans.
The carnival may be over, but Judith Durham’s legacy will well and truly live on.