TalkTime – Waltzing Matilda at Gladstone City Library – Fri 28 June 1 – 2 pm

Come along to Gladstone City Library for a talk about the book Waltzing Matilda!

On Friday 28th June from 1 pm to 2 pm you can find out about the history of the song Waltzing Matilda.

Bookings are essential and can be made at one of our libraries, by phone on 4976 6400, or by email to

Waltzing Matilda 

Australia’s Accidental Anthem

A Forensic History

W. Benjamin Lindner

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.


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