David & Pamela - Around Australia 2013/2014 travel blog

Winton

Waltzing Matilda Centre

The steam train with David as the driver

This vehicle comes with the driver

The Dunny on the back

A pool in the middle of Winton Main Street


It seems that today is a public holiday so things were quiet but we went to the fruit and veggie store, expensive but all local produce. Then had a drive through the town to the Visitor and Waltzing Matilda Centre. The display started with a very well presented show depicting the story of Waltzing Matilda.

Looking through the displays you could listen to just about every version of Waltzing Matilda that has ever been made. They also told the stories of the early settlers and pioneers. A theatre presentation of opals, then outside to see a lot of old historical pieces of the early days. Carriages, transport, a steam train, And carriage, a home displaying how they lived. Bobbins to make lace, an old medicine chest from the flying doctors. Then on to the art gallery and a display of Aussies going to war and pretty well what it means to be Australian. The mateship, the courage, the tenacity, the give it a go attitude, helping one another, community spirit, she'll be right mate, and so much more. I have to say Winton and the outback are the essence of Australia.

They say the dinosaur archeological site is worth a visit but we didn't go there this time.

Below are the words of Waltzing Matilda.

Waltzing Matilda is Australia's favourite song.

More Australians know the words to the Waltzing Matilda song than any other.

Waltzing Matilda Song Lyrics & Explanation from the internet. These words are the most popular and well known.

Waltzing Matilda Lyrics

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,

Under the shade of a coolibah tree,

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

Along came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong,

Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,

And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag,

"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?".

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,

Down came the troopers, one, two, three,

"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"

"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?".

Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,

"You'll never catch me alive," said he,

And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,

"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

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Meaning of Waltzing Matilda Words

The title is Australian slang for travelling on foot with one's belongings (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back.

Swagman - a drifter, a hobo, an itinerant shearer who carried all his belongings wrapped up in a blanket or cloth called a "swag".

Billabong - a waterhole near a river. It is an aboriginal word that originally meant little or no water.

Coolibah - a eucalyptus tree. It may be from the aboriginal name "gulabaa". Since it was commonly found near water, the white settlers may have changed its pronunciation to reflect where it was found and the shade it provided.

Billy- a tin can with a wire handle used to boil water in.

Jumbuck - a sheep. The origin of the word is uncertain. Itis most likely derived from two words jumping buck.

Tucker Bag - a bag for keeping food in. It was usually an old sugar or flour sack.

Squatter - a wealthy landowner or rancher.

Trooper - a policeman.



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