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Do you know the mean of the Australian song 'Waltzing Matilda?

By JellyKat . Created on 15 Aug, 2020
If yes, could you comment on what you think it means. Thank you .
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David said on Sep 3, 2020
about a bushman killing himself instead of going to jail for steeling a sheep
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Roger said on Aug 30, 2020
I know the meaning too
Robert said on Aug 29, 2020
About a swagman stealing a farmers sheep, and jumps into the billabong and drowns when the police arrive
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Shaeshae said on Aug 26, 2020
it was taught to me at school as a homeless man that wandered from place to place and Matilda was his swag and few belongings rolled up in his swag.
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Radhika said on Aug 20, 2020
yes
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KoKo Black said on Aug 18, 2020
In the earlier colondy days, the toppers hang those whom commit the crimes.. it's actually a cruel meaning behind the words.
JellyKat said on Aug 18, 2020
Waltzing is the name given to a person who walks around from place to place and Matilda is a swag or belongings.

He was camped by a billabong or water hole and a jumbuck or a sheep wandered by and he killed it to keep for food.
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Mrs said on Aug 19, 2020
"It has been widely accepted[13] that "Waltzing Matilda" is probably based on the following story:
In Queensland in 1891 the Great Shearers' Strike brought the colony close to civil war and was broken only after the Premier of Queensland, Samuel Griffith, called in the military. In September 1894, some shearers at Dagworth Station were again on strike. The situation turn...
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JellyKat said on Aug 20, 2020
Wow, Mrs, thanks for the info on how the song evolved, makes total sense now. Guess it's not a good song for a national anthem. Very tragic.
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Gael said on Aug 17, 2020
It is an appalling and tragic song that refers to the hanging of convicts. Matilda is the rope/nose and the dance is the body jerking during the throes of strangulation
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Mrs said on Aug 17, 2020
He was a poor homeless man (swaggie) not a convict. Matilda is the swag and has nothing to do with a rope or noose. AB (Banjo) Patterson's story.
JellyKat said on Aug 18, 2020
Gael..This is not what I learned, where did you get this info from?