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Do you come from a land down under?

Had I discovered Australia soon enough, I could well have been tempted, but the thought of leaving your nearest and dearest about 11,000 miles away and taking 24 hours to get here, perhaps ought to be sufficiently off-putting. 1,331 more words


Matilda Waltzing….

The haunting melody of the Australian ballad, Waltzing Matilda, the unofficial Australian national anthem, has been waltzing through my mind all day. Blame it on a 5:30 post celebrating Australia Day 2018…or if the news is to be believed, protesting it. 584 more words

Spotlight: The connection between bushranging and the unofficial national anthem

On a muggy April night in 1865 a young woman cuts across the courtyard of a station on the outskirts of Wangaratta. She enters a nursery and in the faint cobalt hue of the night she manages to light a lamp. 727 more words


Waltzing Matilda and the Swagman Inquest

It’s our unofficial anthem. But as we sing along to this seemingly light-hearted ditty, most of us are blissfully unaware of the history that underpins A.B. 263 more words

Stories From The Archives

High Explosive

High Explosive
by A. B. Banjo Paterson

‘Twas the dingo pup to his dam that said,
“It’s time I worked for my daily bread.
Out in the world I intend to go, 129 more words


And Matilda Went Waltzing Away

I was shuffling about the kitchen in my ancient man’s dressing gown. (Ancient dressing gown meant for a man, that is, not a dressing gown stolen from or donated by an ancient man.) The sleeves are so long I have to turn them up several times so they don’t dangle in the washing-up water, but I don’t suppose you wanted to know that. 823 more words


Der Ghost Gum Walk, Ormiston Gorge (5/7)

In Australien ist ja bekanntlich alles groß und vor allem ist alles weit weg. Daher hatte ich im Vorfeld nach einer Tour gesucht, die nicht nur zu interessanten Punkten im Outback führt sondern auch einige Bedingungen erfüllt wie zum Beispiel Respekt gegenüber der Kultur der Anangu. 495 more words