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Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem
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W. Benjamin Lindner Geoffrey Blainey
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Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem

W. Benjamin Lindner Geoffrey Blainey


Boolarong Press

Diaries, letters & journals;
True stories;
Australasian & Pacific history;
Society & culture: general


380 pages

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This song that started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World War II, following Banjo Paterson's death in 1941.

Waltzing Matilda Australia's Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia's internationally famous song. This evidence-based approach dispels many of the myths and historical inaccuracies that have become folklore.

The facts about the swagman, the contribution of Christina Macpherson and Sarah Riley and the timing and the place of the composition are all revealed.

By:   W. Benjamin Lindner
Foreword by:   Geoffrey Blainey
Imprint:   Boolarong Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   523g
ISBN:   9781925877076
ISBN 10:   1925877078
Pages:   380
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

W. Benjamin Lindner is a criminal barrister who has appeared for the defence of those charged with terrorism offences, murder, drugs, sex and those who play rock & roll. He has appeared on behalf of asylum seekers on Nauru. His practice has extended from working in Alice Springs for the Aboriginal Legal Service to teaching advocacy to lawyers in Samoa, New Guinea, Bangladesh and at the Victorian Bar Reader's Course.

A significant history of the origins of the song, it will probably become a new bible for those who love to argue about facets of Australian nationalism, poetry, and folklore. ...Without her (Christina Macpherson) there would have been no waltzing and no Matilda. Lindner's book virtually clinches this argument.:Geoffrey Blainey AC

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