Julie Anthony (singer)

Julie Moncrief Pina Anthony, AM OBE (born 24 August 1950) is an Australian soprano and entertainer. She sang the Australian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Human Nature. Julie is affectionately known as J-Ant to her fans.

Julie Anthony
Birth nameJulie Pina Moncrief Lush
Born (1950-08-24) 24 August 1950[1]
Galga, South Australia, Australia
Occupation(s)Singer, entertainer
Years active1967–2007
Associated actsThe Seekers


She has also sung with The Seekers, first taking the place of Judith Durham as the lead vocalist in the song "The Carnival Is Over" for the Closing Ceremony of Expo '88. Later, Anthony became a member of the group with Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy and Keith Potger. They released an album Live On in March 1989, which peaked at number 26. In 1993, Julie released a charity single titled "Puff The magic Dragon" in conjunction with St. George bank. The following advertising campaign was very successful.

Anthony starred in both the Australian and West End productions of the musical Irene in the mid-1970s. Her success in that production is a memorable part of Australian theatrical history. She won the Commercial Broadcasting Federation Award in Australia for the "Best Easy Listening Album 1975". Her first performance in the musical at the Adelphi Theatre, London, was 15 June 1976.

At midnight between 31 December 1987 and 1 January 1988, in celebration of the start of Australia's Bicentennial year, Anthony sang the Australian National Anthem "Advance Australia Fair" on the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which continued to show the recording of her performance at the close of broadcasting for many years afterwards, until the broadcaster introduced 24-hour broadcasting.


Anthony is among the most awarded of Australian entertainers. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1980)[2] and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1989)[3] and has been voted by her peers as "Entertainer of the Year" three times and "Best Female vocalist" 11 times. She also appeared in commercials for St.George Bank from 1974 until 1999.



Year Title AU Label
1975 Hello In There - EMI
1977 A Part Of Me - EMI
1978 Something Special - EMI
1982 Here I Am - Wizard
1983 What A Feeling 21 Wizard
1985 This Is It - J&B
1989 I Dreamed A Dream 36 J&B
1989 Live On (with The Seekers) 26 Polydor
1994 Julie Anthony & Don Burrows: Together At Last - Castle
1999 Never Stop Believing 148 Festival


Year Title AU Label
1975 If He Only Knew - EMI
1977 You're The Only Man - EMI
1978 Something Special - EMI
1980 I've Only Said "I Love You" In my Mind 77 Wizard
1982 China Blue 34 Wizard


  1. "Police appeal for help to find giant Julie Anthony sign stolen from Lameroo". The Advertiser. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  2. "Julie Anthony OBE". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  3. "Julie Anthony AM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
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