“Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?”
Everyone knows the words. Many people know that the Australian poet ‘Banjo’ Paterson wrote them. But how may people know the origin of the tune? In 1895 a young woman named Christina Macpherson sat down and played a marching tune she’d heard. ‘Banjo’ Paterson, who was visiting Christina’s brother, liked it and wrote the words of a song to it. That song was ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and this book is about its creation.
‘Banjo’ became famous, and so did ‘Waltzing Matilda’. But Christina’s part in the song’s creation was forgotten and she disappeared from history until the 1970s.
Come a-waltzing with Christina now and discover her story – beginning in the first year of her life, when she encountered the ruthless bushranger Dan Morgan…
At the Melbourne Launch of Christina’s Matilda, with a choir from Year 6, Christ Church Grammar School, South Yarra, Australia singing “Waltzing Matilda”.
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Feature articles in The Age on the launch by Premier of Victoria, the Hon Ted Baillieu
Teachers’ notes (free download)