What does Waltzing Matilda mean?

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In Waltzing Matilda, an Australian swagman (homeless drifter who wandered between towns and cattle/sheepstations) stops by a billabong, which is a waterhole cut off from the main river or creek. He waits for water to boil in his billy, presumably to make some tea. While doing so, he notices a jumbuck, or male sheep, come to the water. He springs up, grabs the sheep, and stuffs it into his tucker bag (a bag or box to hold food or other other rations). The troopers (police) come after him, so he jumps into the billabong and drowns, preferring to die than to be carted off to gaol.

The actual words about going "waltzing matilda" mean having the freedom to come and go as one pleases. Swagmen would toss their swag (matilda) onto their back and go wandering, not subject to anyone's authority. This particular swagman was also not going to be subject to anyone's authority. He was free to camp wherever he wanted, free to roam, free to steal a sheep if he wanted, and free to take his own life so the troopers couldn't take away his freedom.

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Which Australian note has excerpts from Waltzing Matilda?

The current polymer Australian Ten Dollar note has Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson (balladist & journalist) on the front and Dame Mary Gilmore (poet & human rights campaigner) on the back.. The $10 note only has the words "Waltzing Matilda" on it. The text along the bottom of the note are excerpts f (MORE)

Who wrote Waltzing Matilda?

"Waltzing Matilda" was written by Andrew Barton Paterson, also known as 'Banjo' Paterson, in 1895. The lyrics were based on the story of a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, Queensland, some shearers were in a strike that turn (MORE)

Why can't Australia have the song Waltzing Matilda as the national anthem?

"Waltzing Matilda" had a chance of becoming Australia's national anthem in the 1970s/1980s. Back in 1973 then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam wanted a new national anthem instead of "God Save the Queen" and a competition was held. None of the new entries was considered worthy enough, so the existing s (MORE)

When was Waltzing Matilda written?

The lyrics to Banjo Paterson's Waltzing Matilda were written in 1895.. They were based on the story of a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, Queensland, some shearers were in a strike that turned violent. The strikers fired off (MORE)

What is a 'matilda' in the song Waltzing Matilda?

A Matilda is a swag or bundle made of cloth in which a swagman would tie his belongings on his back as he travelled around. In Waltzing Matilda, an Australian swagman (homeless drifter who wandered between towns and cattle/sheepstations) stops by a billabong, which is a watehole cut off from th (MORE)

What are the words to waltzing Matilda?

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong, Under the shade of a Coolibah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil, You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me. Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, You'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me, And he sang as he watched and wai (MORE)

What year did Waltzing Matilda become a song?

A.B. "Banjo" Paterson's poem "Waltzing Matilda" is arguably his most famous. The lyrics were written in 1895, and based on a true story. The poem was set to a catchy tune which a friend of Paterson's had heard at the Warrnambool races. It was first performed on 6 April 1895 at the North Gregory Hote (MORE)

Who wrote the band played waltzing Matilda?

'Banjo' Paterson wrote 'Waltzing Matilda'. It is suitable for a band or solo performer. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" was written by Scottish-born Eric Bogle in 1971 two years after moving to Australia. During an ANZAC Day (25th April) parade in Canberra, a military band had played Pater (MORE)

What type of tree is mentioned in the song Waltzing Matilda?

This is a "coolibah" tree, sometimes spelt "coolabah", a type of eucalyptus (gum tree) found in both coastal areas and the drier inland areas, but along riverbeds and anywhere that flooding may sometimes occur. It grows up to about 15m high, spreading its branches widely to provide good shade for ca (MORE)

Who is waltzing Matilda?

Waltzing Matilda is not a person. A Matilda was a swag, or the simple, basic belongings that a swagman carried with him as he roamed the Australian bush or outback, looking for work or a handout. A Matilda usually consisted of nothing more than a blanket, a billy and/or cooking pot, and maybe a sp (MORE)

Who wrote the words to waltzing Matilda?

Its Banjo Paterson.But if you need to remember, well because Banjo is like something to do with music so you know now its got something to do with a song like Waltzing Matilda.

What did the billy do in Waltzing Matilda?

boil "And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled"... A billy is an Australian metal canister for boiling water over a fire. Often, swagmen and stockmen would toss a handful of tea leaves into the boiling billy to make their tea. Campers still do the same thing today.

What inspired Banjo Paterson to write Waltzing Matilda?

Banjo Paterson based Waltzing Matilda on a true story. The central character is based on a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, some shearers were in a strike that turned violent. The strikers fired off their rifles and pistols (MORE)

Where was Waltzing Matilda written?

Dagworth station, Queensland. A station is a large cattle or sheep grazing property - as distinct from a farm - some of which in the early days could be much more than a million acres, (close to half a million ha). There are still some close to that - and a few over - but better land management and (MORE)

Why is Waltzing Matilda so important?

Waltzing Matilda is important to Australians because it celebratesthe triumph of the "underdog", the ultimate victory of thedown-trodden against the law (as represented by the troopers). Banjo Paterson based Waltzing Matilda on a true story. Thecentral character is based on a man named Samuel "Fr (MORE)

Is Waltzing Matilda a true story?

The basic story of Waltzing Matilda is true. It is based on the story of a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, some shearers were in a strike that turned violent. The strikers fired off their rifles and pistols in the air and then (MORE)

Why did Waltzing Matilda become an Australian icon?

Waltzing Matlida epitomised the underdog, the hard-working hero of the land who was unjustly accused by the police. Ever since the convicts first landed on Australian shores, many groups of Australians have glorified the underdog.. The song also drew attention to the difficult conditions surroundin (MORE)

What are the notes for Waltzing Matilda on flute?

Rather than list all the notes, it would be easier for you to download the piano music for Waltzing Matilda and use the treble staff for the flute notes. The flute is not a transposing instrument, so you would be able to read straight from the music. But for those of you who cannot read music (how (MORE)

What kind of poem is Waltzing Matilda?

"Waltzing Matilda" could be said to be a narrative poem as it tells a story in ballad form. In Australia, it can also be described as a "bush ballad". .

Who wrote the song for Waltzing Matilda?

It is known that A.B.'Banjo' Paterson wrote the poem Waltzing Matilda. The identity of the composer of the tune is uncertain, but this much is known: it was set to a catchy tune which a friend of Paterson's had heard at the Warrnambool races. The poem and song was first performed on 6 April 1895 a (MORE)

What does And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda song have to do with remembrance day?

If you read the lyrics carefully, you will see the clear allusionsto the war. Remembrance Day is about remembering those fallen inwar. In particular, note the following lines: Then in 1915 , my country said son, It's time youstopped rambling, there's work to be done. So they gave me a tin hat, and (MORE)

Why was Waltzing Matilda written?

Banjo Paterson based Waltzing Matilda on a true story. The central character is based on a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, some shearers were in a strike that turned violent. The strikers fired off their rifles and pistol (MORE)

When did Banjo Paterson write Waltzing Matilda?

Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda in 1895. The music was based on a Celtic folk tune. It was performed that same year at a dinner for the Queensland Premier and was an instant success. In 1903 Billy Tea used it as an advertising jingle and it became even more well-known.

What is the purpose of waltzing Matilda?

Banjo Paterson based Waltzing Matilda on a true story that he heard, and the purpose of the poem was to tell the story so others may hear it. The central character is based on a man named Samuel "Frenchy" Hoffmeister. In September 1894, on the Dagworth sheep station north of Winton, some sheare (MORE)

What is the storyline behind Waltzing Matilda?

Waltzing Matilda tells the story of a swagman who camps by a billabong (waterhole). While he's there, a jumbuck (ram) comes down to take a drink at the billabong. The swagman swipes the jumbuck, shoving it in his swag, whereupon the troopers (police) appear to arrest him. To evade arrest, he jumps (MORE)

What movie featured the song Waltzing Matilda?

I'm sure it has been in several, but one that comes to mind is On the Beach. Somewhere around 1954 staring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner and quite a few other well known actors of the day

How did Waltzing Matilda become a song?

A.B.'Banjo' Paterson wrote the poem Waltzing Matilda as a poem, not a song . The identity of the composer of the tune is uncertain, but this much is known: it was set to a catchy tune which a friend of Paterson's had heard at the Warrnambool races. The poem and song was first performed on 6 April (MORE)

What does waltzing matilda mean in waltzing matilda?

A matilda was another, though less common, name for the swag thatitinerant workers carried. It comprised perhaps a change or two ofclothes and a few light, personal possessions rolled up inside oneor two blankets that were secured at each end by a strap or ropeand slung over the shoulder. Over the o (MORE)

What happens in Waltzing Matilda?

Waltzing Matilda tells the story of a swagman who camps by a billabong (waterhole). While he's there, a jumbuck (ram) comes down to take a drink at the billabong. The swagman swipes the jumbuck, shoving it in his swag, whereupon the troopers (police) appear to arrest him. To evade arrest, he jumps (MORE)

Is waltzing Matilda a nation anthem of Australia?

No. Waltzing Matilda is an Australian folksong, nothing more. A competition was held to find a new national anthem during the 1970s, instigated by then-Prime Minister Edward 'Gough' Whitlam. Three songs were considered: "Advance Australia Fair", "Waltzing Matilda" and "Song of Australia". As earl (MORE)

What makes Waltzing Matilda an Australian poem?

Waltzing Matilda is an Australian poem because it is based on a real Australian event, and involves some unique Australian terms. Words such as billabong, swagman and coolibah are not used outside of Australia. Waltzing Matilda drew attention to the difficult conditions surrounding the Great (MORE)

What does who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me mean?

The term comes from the famous ballad by AB 'Banjo' Paterson, who penned the story about a swagman who steals a sheep, and jumps into a billabong to evade the law, thus drowning. The actual words about going "waltzing matilda" mean having the freedom to come and go as one pleases. Swagmen would t (MORE)

Is Waltzing Matilda public domain?

The song itself is in the public domain, but certain settings, arrangements, performances, and recordings may have their own protection.

When was 'Waltzing Matilda' released?

John Currie released this world famous song in 1975. From 1975 this song has grown over the years and one will still hear a lot of people talking about the one and only Waltzing Matilda.

Why is Waltzing Matilda so important to Australian history?

Waltzing Matilda is important to Australian history for a couple ofreasons. Firstly, it was written by one of Australia's greatestwriters, AB 'Banjo' Paterson who, through his literature, did agreat deal to stir up patriotic fervour before Federation andimmediately afterwards. Secondly, it is import (MORE)