Zillmere State School is situated in a suburb in the north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In 2003 a group of students from the school recorded this version of the Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly song. About half of the students at the Zillmere State School are of Indigenous or Pacific heritage and is an excellent example of the different groups getting on well together.
From Little Things Big Things Grow was originally about The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari. The Gurindji strike was where a number of Aboriginal workers walked off the Wave Hill cattle station, in 1966, and staged a 7 year long strike that resulted in great change in the relations between Indigenous Australians and the rest of Australia, and started the Indigenous Lands Rights movement. From Little Things Big Things Grow was originally recorded by Paul Kelly & the Messengers on their 1991 album Comedy and was later recorded by Kev Carmody on his 1993 album Bloodlines.
In 2003 the Zillmere State School were after “a school song to showcase the talents and to engage the spirit of the school community” and they came up with new lyrics for the song, about the students’ hopes for the future. They released a CD and DVD of their version of From Little Things Big Things Grow which proved to be a successful radio hit.