What was or is a Waltzing Mathilda?


What was or is a Waltzing Mathilda?

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  1. Swagman’s Knapsack

    “Walting Matilda” is an Australian ballad that was written in 1894.

    The story behind “Waltzing Matilda” is quite remarkable. In 1894 there was a sheep shearers strike that had become violent. During the course of the strike, the woolshed at the Dagworth Homestead was set fire killing over a hundred sheep. Bob Macpherson, the owner of Dagworth Homestead, and three policemen gave chase to one of the arsonists named Hoffmeister. Rather than be captured, Hoffmeister shot and killed himself at the Combo Waterhole. A few months later, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson was visiting the Dagworth Homestead and the Macpherson family. “During his stay, Bob Macpherson took Banjo around the station where they stopped at the Combo Waterhole where they found the skin of a newly killed sheep. Obviously someone had made a meal of it. Bob Macpherson may also have told Banfo about the previous incident”

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