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Re: Waltzing Matilda

Posted by Brett Rose on April 20, 2000

In Reply to: Re: Waltzing Matilda posted by Itinerant Brain Surgeon - Listed on April 19, 2000

: : : : I thought I would add my bit of Australian Folklaw to the archives.(As I understand it)
: : : : The famous Australian poem/song Waltzing Matilda, originated from Germany, where the young men of a village would travel the countrside going from town to town working as whatever was going at the time - this was called "Waltzing" (sp).Then during the war a "Matilda" was a nickname given to the woman of the night that kept the soldiers warm, this was also the name of the thick army coats the soldiers would wear.
: : : : From this the Australian Swagman, (A drifter or tramp , who wanders around on foot , living on gratuity and odd jobs), would carry his "Swag" which contained all his worldly posessions/tools etc ...this was also his bed for the night.
: : : : I look forward to hearing any one elses version of this.
: : : : B

: : : On that same subject (Aussie-speak) here's one of my favorite sites: http://www.sunburntcountry.au.com/sayings/

: : A must for any would be Aussie is the Dinkum Dictionary, all the phrases andd sayings you could ever want

: OK, will someone put their hands up to the spoof "Folklaw" contribution above. It's a total wind up and not worthy of analysis. Wandering Germans boys, thick coats, war - what war? Get out of here you pommie blags, we're not all hayseeds down under 'ya know'.

Just to set the record straight I am not a pom, but an Australian .... my great great grandfather was Henry Lawson. And guess what "Doc"..there actually was a war, in fact there have been a few.
I have found one reference to my comment's at
http://www.waltzingmatilda.com/wmhist.html
Now, I never said that this was actual fact, but only the version that I knew, which is why I posted it on a Discussion Forum page.
Maybe you "should" take the time to analyse things before making stupid statements.
B