An expose of two cover-ups: one the death of a swagman by a billabong; the other, a torrid affair between Banjo Paterson and his fiancee's best friend, and how the two events come together in Australia's best-loved national song. Australians knowWaltzing Matilda, written by??their most popular poet Banjo Paterson, as??their most loved song and unofficial national anthem. What Australians don't know is that their song is embroiled in a web of secrecy, violence and a triangular love affair. Written at a pivotal time in Australia's history,Waltzing Matildais as important to Australian culture as events like the Eureka Stockade and the story of Ned Kelly. One hundred and fifteen years after the writing ofWaltzing Matilda, Australians continue to be fascinated with the song and sing it proudly wherever they meet to celebrate. Given the facts outlined in this story, they will be further captivated and embrace the song for decades to come.
About the author; Title page; Dedication; Contents; Preface; 1. Australia's Song for the World; 2. The Backdrop for a Song; 3. Clancy and the Man from Snowy River; 4. There Once Was a Swagman; 5. Up Rode the Squatter; 6. 'The Banjo'; 7. The Old Billy Boiling; 8. Warrnambool to Winton; Picture Section; 9. Australia for the Australians; 10. The Fight Begins; 11. The Burning of the Rodney; 12. Dagworth Burns; 13. The Cover-Up; 14. Christina's Tune; 15. The Love Affair; 16. The 'Jolly Swagman' Song; 17. And His Ghost May Be Heard; Bibliography; Notes; Index.